Now, as many of you know, I left the College Program. I’m not here to slander the company, or to complain. I’m just going to describe the process I went through to self terminate, and get home. Tomorrow will be the final installment of this series, and it will be a positive one.
What I learned, is that leaving the Walt Disney Company is relatively easy, but you have to have all of your bases covered. When you know you are ready to leave, you should be packed and have returned your costume. I didn’t know that. I went to the College Program’s Office (which is in Vista Way), and told them that I would like to self term. They don’t argue with you at all, but they did tell me that after doing this, I could not apply to be a part of another CP for at least 6 months, and that I would be wait listed almost immediately. Basically, the company wouldn’t know if I was worth the trouble. I understand that, because why would a company, any company, want to hire on someone who had left them before? They also warned me that I would probably have to write a letter explaining why I had left before, and why I wanted to be a part of this company again, before I was even considered for another job there.
After that, they told me it was my job (since I understood the things they already mentioned) to go and tell my work location. I was told to be out by 11am the next day. There was no way that I could get out by then, what with not having returned my costume or packing, or booking my way home yet. So I asked them for more time, and they gave me until Sunday at 11am (this was on Friday). They told me that I had to return my blue ID, housing ID, and my key on the day I left. I also had to return my costume, pack, and schedule a train trip. So I went home and packed. I got most of my packing done that night, and watched Beauty and the Beast with a couple of my roommates and their friends. I went home and slept on the couch because my bedding was all packed.
The next day, our goal was to do all 4 parks in a day. We started at Epcot, so I could return my costumes. We walked through the World Showcase, and then grabbed a bus to Animal Kingdom. We did Everest, and left there for Hollywood Studios. At Studios we did the Monster’s Inc Pep Rally, Hollywood Tower of Terror, and Rockin’ Roller Coaster. We took a boat over to the Boardwalk, and we ate (most of) the Kitchen Sink. After that we went home, I finished packing, and I went to sleep.
The next morning, I made sure everything was squared away, my friend James took me to the train station, and I boarded the train to come home. It was really stressful, but I’m glad to be where I am now.
I want to thank all of you for your support. It really means a lot to me that I gained words of encouragement from you. Thank you. And for those who are considering the Disney College Program, don’t take my word as the end all. I had a bad experience this time, but my first program was amazing. I met some of the coolest people (guests and cast), and had a fantastic journey. This time wasn’t good for me, but you can’t have the perfect thing twice in a row. Good luck to everyone trying to get into the CP, and I hope you have a life-changing time.
Tomorrow will be the last DCP update, I want to talk about the last event I participated in there.
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