Dear friends,

In about two weeks time, your semester on the Disney College Program will come to an end. You are about to have a lot of “lasts.” There will be a last time you get an assignment on your least or most favorite position. There will be the last time you work with a dear friend or least favorite person. And on that final day, you will clock in and later say goodbye to Mickey as he says “Thanks for making the magic!” for the last time. And you will most likely shed a tear. Trust me, I’ve done this before.

These next few weeks are not going to be easy. You’re not going to want to sleep because that time you’re not working is when you want to be at the parks with your new lifelong friends. As you begin the agonizing process of packing up your apartment you’re going to wonder how on Earth you collected so much crap and how is this all going to get home with you? And in the midst of all these lasts, you may be asking yourself, “Am I doing the right thing?”

Let me give you peace of mind. Yes, you are doing the right thing. If you are going back because you’re not done with college, then YES you are doing the right thing. Please finish college. I know it’s going to be hard seeing all your friends’ Snapchats and Instagram posts of the castle while you’re cramming for an exam, but it’s the right thing. Disney is not going anywhere, neither is this program. You can always come back for a visit, or do another program. Get that degree and come back when you’re ready. If you are going home for personal reasons, then of course it’s the right thing. Your conscience told you during the extension applications that you didn’t or couldn’t stay longer, and that’s totally fine. Again, come back for a visit or apply again when you’re ready. Think of it this way: you probably won’t have to pay for a hotel the next time you come back since you will have at least one friend still here.

I know the time has gone by way too quickly. It feels like just yesterday that you ripped off that Earning Your Ears red ribbon from the bottom of your name tag. It feels like you just got the hang of your role and that you’re finally comfortable being on your own. But even though you’re not staying, you get to take these new skills onto the next chapter of your life. 

Maybe you came out of your shell during these last few months. Maybe you found friends that actually understand your quirks. Maybe you found your passion. Maybe you found yourself. 

That’s what the DCP is all about. It’s hard work, long hours, and a commitment. But it’s also a time where you get to learn more about yourself and the people around you than ever have before. Entering into this world of fantasy gave you a chance to explore, get out of the norm for awhile, and opened your eyes to the world. 

Go conquer the world. Go finish school. Go with the promise of possibility. I wish you the best of luck in wherever life takes you next. But remember, Disney will always be a home for you. 

A friend 

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