An Inside Out Look at CREW


What do you get when you combine your night out at the movies with ROSIES? Absolute genius.

Ezra and Brett of CREW ‘15 couldn’t help but apply their training to this summer’s most talked about blockbuster, so they teamed up to write this week’s post:

Inside Out, the latest Disney/Pixar movie, was released this summer. It tells the story of five fundamental human emotions: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger. They live in the mind of a little girl named Riley. The movie opens when eleven-year-old Riley moves from Minnesota to San Francisco. She feels sad about leaving her childhood home behind. The scene shifts to Riley’s mind, where Sadness accidentally gets herself and Joy lost. Riley is also angry and upset because she had a rough first day of school. She begins to feel homesick as she struggles to fit into her new environment.

Inside Out was critically beloved and is considered one of Pixar’s best movies since Up. Emotions and feelings are universally human, so the subject matter resonates with literally everyone.

The movie’s main message is the importance of managing one’s emotions. Here at ROSIES’ CREW College program, our instructors work very hard to teach our students that if they do not learn to be aware of their emotions, they can’t regulate their emotions—in fact, the emotions themselves will begin to control them! When emotions take charge, logic and common sense take a back seat. The movie starkly displays this lesson when Sadness helps Riley explain to her parents why she felt sad about leaving Minnesota. If she hadn’t expressed her feelings, they would have festered inside of her and turned into something worse, like depression or bitterness.

Talk about making connections! As if we didn’t already love Inside Out, Ezra and Brett add a whole new layer of depth that really speaks to the lessons learned at CREW. At ROSIES, we have The Escalation Cycle (pictured below) that we consult at every morning check-in meeting with our CREW. We ask if anyone is “in red” or “in green” to gauge where our team is at and try to get everyone to a calm and productive state of mind before we start the work day. Daniel shares: “What makes me happy is not feeling left out and I really try extra hard to stay in the green, and be a team [player] and partner at ROSIES. It helps when I listen to music.” This is the kind of self-expression that helps us in the workplace and in life.

What did you get out of the movie? Are there any other films that you’ve connected to on this level? Share with us in the comments below!