Today’s Anniversary: Walt Disney World

It's October 1, and on this date in 1971, Walt Disney World opened in Florida.  Back then, what is now the Magic Kingdom was the only park in operation.  Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom would come later, though we should mention that Epcot is celebrating its 30th anniversary of operation today as well.  If you've been to any of the Disney theme parks, you know that the possibilities for how to spend your day are endless.  Once a university dean described a college experience using a Disney analogy, and the same analogy holds true for American School students.  Everyone pays the same amount of money to enter a park, but you can choose to go on as many rides as you want or just sit on a bench and not get the most out of it.  Similarly, everyone pays the same price to enroll in a full 4-year diploma program worth 18 credits.  You can just go through the motions and do the minimum amount of work needed to pass, or you can go all out, take the elective courses that will best prepare you for college or a career, and do your best on every exam.  They say that Disney is the happiest place on earth, but if you work hard, your home will be the happiest place on earth the day your accredited high school diploma from the American School arrives in your mailbox.