Hometown: Garnerville, NY
“Disney has been my favorite company since I was a little kid. I’m hopeful that the Disney College Program will teach me skills and experiences I can use in my career, whether it’s at Disney or at another entertainment company.”
After graduating from Albertus Magnus High School, Daniel McConnell enrolled at a college in Washington, D.C. He says he was drawn to the college because of its location in the heart of the nation’s capital and its strong programs in architecture and engineering.
But it didn’t take long before Daniel realized his needs and aspirations had changed. He decided to pursue a career in management, with the ultimate goal of working in the entertainment industry. Because that institution did not have a business school at the time, Daniel returned home—in more ways than one.
“I decided to attend STAC because I wanted to be closer to home,” Daniel explains. “But STAC has also always been big part of my life. My mom and two of my aunts are alumni, and my mom is in STAC’s Alumni Hall of Fame. Everyone I know who attended STAC loved it, and it’s one of the best schools in the area.”
Now a senior management major, Daniel is hoping to secure a summer internship with the prestigious Disney College Program at Walt Disney World.
“This program will help me with my career even after the program ends. The things I would learn there I’d remember for the rest of my life,” Daniel says. “It seems like an excellent way to start a career at Disney or any entertainment company in the world.”
Upon graduation, Daniel would like to write, act or direct for a studio in the film or television industries. He is currently a member of the stage crew for STAC’s production of Sweeney Todd.
“Transferring to STAC opened doors for me,” Daniel says. “Here, the professors are hands-on, they stay after class, they with connect me, and I see them at events on campus. They understand that college students need more than just an hour a day during class.”