A Universe of memories

On Saturday January 11th 2020 I worked my final day at Universal Studios Orlando. I probably cried at-least 20 separate times that day. I made the decision three weeks prior that I could not do another semester of college during the week, Universal during the weekends, and the two hour one way drive that entails. I’ve never loved working for a company so much as Universal. I started during the summer as an turnstiles entrance op at volcano bay, then moved to volcano bay transit, and after school started I was moved over to dry parks. In total I worked 9 months, my longest time working at any company, and my first job I’ve been sad to leave. During my tenure I had

  • 4 Guest compliments (1 to guest services and 3 on twitter)
  • 1 Guest complaint (sent via email. Couldn’t bother to spell my name correctly)
  • 100 people per hour processing speed when busy
  • Worked Halloween Horror Nights, Thanksgiving, and Christmas day
  • Gotten to see Sea World, Busch Gardens, and Ripley’s thanks to free admission
  • Found out that 98% of people are good or neutral
  • Prevented 7 people from illegally entering without tickets (2 teens successfully did but were caught by security shortly thereafter)
  • 1 ticket handed to me by a plush doll
  • YouTuber Coaster Studios came through my turnstile!
  • And at least 150 people pat me on the back (I appreciated it, but please don’t)

I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives
For a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led to those
Who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
But I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today
Because I knew you

From For Good by Kristin Chenoweth & Idina Menzel

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