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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:00 am

"Oh my gosh!" Brittany Roe exclaims wide-eyed and blushing. "My dad said he told you about little bunny in the tote sack but he couldn't remember my name! I was Quick Silver and Brandon was Silver Bullet!"

C. William Roe, Ph. D., the associate dean of the College of Business and director of graduate business programs, pauses before recounting a fond memory of days when running games and pushing his daughter on the swings was a regular occurrence.

"This might sound crazy but we used to play running games, probably based off one of the stories she read," he said. "I was Farmer Brown and she was a bunny rabbit, I would try to catch her because she was eating the lettuce in the garden. When I caught her, I would wrap a blanket around her and say 'Little bunny in the tote sack!"'

When it was time to let the bunny out and put the books down, Roe and her family went to a fantasy world she could see and feel, Disney World-a family tradition they still practice today.

"I used to joke that I was born to love Disney World, the first time I ever went, I was in the womb," she said. "My favorite thing about Disney is the way it can revert anyone back to his or her youth. It breaks down this stiff, adult persona that we are sometimes all too quick to embrace, and gives one a sense that life isn't as serious as we make it out to be."

For Roe, an English major of Jonesboro, being a freshman at A-State wasn't what she imagined as she struggled to find her identity and new creativity, but the chance to make dreams come true pulled her out of a rut.

"I felt stifled and wanted to try something that tied together my love of adventure with something that could inspire me creatively," she said. "On a whim, I filled out the entire Disney College Program internship application and within weeks I was notified that I was accepted in the program. I'm an attractions cast member, so I spend a lot of time making sure guests are enjoying their time at Disney World."

Her fascination with Disney goes deeper than spending time with family and working in the "happiest place on Earth," it's a way of life.

"Walt Disney believed in making dreams come true. He endured so many challenges in trying to pursue his own dreams, and as an artist, I know there are rough roads ahead when I may not be successful immediately," she said. "My favorite Disney quote is 'All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.' It reminds me to never give up on what I want most out of life."

What she wants most is to have her 300-page novel published and become a best-selling author.

"Nothing makes me happier than sitting down with my pen and paper or laptop and writing something, that is what brings me the most joy," she said. "'The Groundlings' is a dystopian young adult book that I wrote for my Honor's Thesis. With the help of my professors, I hope to work on getting published in the next year or two."

William Roe said, "she's a fantastic writer who put a tremendous amount of time and effort into her novel."

"She's very dedicated and perseveres to get her goals accomplished. I think the kind of commitment she has proves she is going to be a published writer."12

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