Samantha Brewster and Shelby Boswell grew up together in Ragland.
They played volleyball together for three years, and were cheerleaders together as seniors at Ragland, before they graduated in 2009.
Brewster attended Gadsden State and earned a cosmetology certificate by Dec. 2010. In Aug. 2011, Brewster went to Alabama A&M University in Huntsville where she is currently a junior. She is majoring in criminal justice.
After she graduated high school, Boswell was an ambassador at Jeff State for two years, and then transferred to Jacksonville State University. She is majoring in elementary special education, and planning to graduate next May.
The two Ragland girls experienced one of the greatest paid internships ever recently as they worked at the Disney College Program near Orlando at Disney World for six months.
Disney World is located in Kissimmee, Fla., about 20 miles southwest of Orlando.
"You do not get to pick where you want to work," Brewster said. "As cast members, there were different roles we all played. I was in quick service food and beverage, so I worked at a water park. There I worked in the restaurant, and also worked outside serving ice cream and sodas.
"Once the water theme park closed, I had the chance to go to Hollywood Studios, and work in food and beverages until my time ended last January."
Brewster said she absolutely loved her time at Disney World.
"I met so many interesting people from all across the world," Brewster said. "Kids love it, and they love it a whole lot more than the parents.
"It’s a magical place."
Although the two friends were there for five months, they rarely saw each other.
"You are so busy working," Brewster said. "We lived two minutes from each other in Ragland, and then get to Orlando and never see each other.
"You can work anywhere from 12 hours a week to 60 hours a week. I had some co-workers who were working 90 hours per week."
The most interesting thing to happen to Brewster while she was there happened on New Year’s Eve, the only day of the year in which the park stays open 24 hours.
"My shift started at 7 p.m. New Year’s Eve, and I got off the next morning at 5 a.m.," she said. "All of the guests were given bazookas and party hats. It was crazy as people were ready to bring in the New Year. It was also interesting to see how people from different countries ring in the New Year."
As a kid, Brewster always wanted to be a police officer. As she goes through her final year at Alabama A&M, she also works at a hair salon.
While Boswell decided to go seasonal with Disney World, Brewster did not.
"I decided to finish school," Brewster said. "Once I finish at Alabama A&M, I might go back to Orlando. I wouldn’t mind living there."
Boswell called her time at Orlando wonderful.
"It was without a doubt, the best time of my life," Boswell said. "I had the chance to work in the Toy Story area of Disney World. I gave out 3-D glasses, and did Toy Story trivia to the guest outside waiting in line.
"I assisted Mt. Potato Head with his jokes, and assisted guests in and out of the rides. Toy Story is the most popular attraction in the entire park."
The one thing that stood out for Boswell in her six months there was meeting so many new people that are now best friends with her.
"Being from a small town that does not have a whole lot of cultural diversity, and having the chance to meet so many wonderful people worldwide was the biggest thing to me," Boswell said. "They came from California, Australia, England and South Korea. To see all of our similarities and all of our differences was truly amazing."
Boswell and Brewster said Disney World is so big, and there are thousands of employees there.
There are four different parts to Disney Land – Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot Center, and Hollywood Studios. There are also two water theme parks.