Just an update…

It’s been a long semester. (And it’s not even over yet.)

As much as I love grad school, and I do, it’s a LOT of work. Nearly all of my spare time outside of the few days per week that I work has been spent doing homework. I’m looking forward to not just winter break but the semester “break” when I’m doing my DCP.

Tonight I went to a DCP meeting on campus. The professor/rep who spoke to us was a lot of fun — he’s been working with Disney since the 1980s, and he seems to really care about the CPs. Not only does he help us on campus; he gave us his phone number and said that he’ll come visit us while we’re on our program to check in and make sure everything is going well.

While the information he gave was pretty much stuff I already knew, I did learn a lot from the CP alumnus who was at the meeting. He was a Main Entrance Ops cast member when he did his first program, and while he explained that it wasn’t his favorite job, he loved the program overall and is going back down this spring.

The meeting (and singing Frozen the whole way home) got me really excited for the program. I’m at a really good place in my life — everything seems to be aligned well right now — so I’m a little sad to leave home, but I know that if I don’t take this opportunity, I’m going to regret it. It’s seven months. And I’m sure it will be worth it.

I’m going to spend the next week working on finishing everything up for the semester — really, I just have a 15 page paper, a virtual portfolio, and a final exam left — and then I can focus on getting everything together for Disney. I got my new hire paperwork last week and I got a good chunk of it done, but I really want to sit down and read through the policy books in their entirety.

As of this time next Wednesday, I will be done with my first semester of grad school. It’s almost surreal. If nothing else, I’m hoping that doing the DCP next semester will help me figure out a direction in which to take my graduate studies… we’ll see what happens.

Until next time…

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