A year ago, I had declined my first Disney College Program. It was a long and hard decision to get there, but I'm thankful for the journey, and I'm thankful for the decision I ended up making. A lot of people ask me why I declined the program, so I wanted to share the full story with you, including my magical moment at the end.
I was accepted for my first Disney College Program the first week of October 2015, only a week after my phone interview. I found out while waiting for the bus home from Target, and called my sister right away! I quickly found the Facebook groups and started a countdown poster.
As I started thinking about next semester, I encountered some problems in the present semester. After struggling all semester to find a job, the search only got harder once I knew I would be leaving in two months, and somehow I had to find a way to afford my dorm and groceries. As I struggled with this, I started to think about other reasons not to go to Disney in the spring. At the top of that list: I had just started leading a bible study and was trying to initiate discipleship with some women, and I didn't know if I was ready to leave them. I knew the Lord could and would use me in either place, but I knew exactly what He was calling me to in Albuquerque. After lots of prayer, and seeking wise counsel, I decided to decline my college program.
After declining my program, I found a job, and felt a great sense of contentedness and looked forward to next semester. I worked harder in school, at work, and in pursuing relationships, rather than giving up and only thinking about Disney, which is something I'm forever thankful for. A month later, I flew home for Christmas break, where everything changed....again!
In early December I started regretting my decision to decline my college program. Of the two girls I wanted to disciple, one was pulling away and becoming less and less faithful, available, and teachable, and the other started being discipled by another amazing woman. I also became more and more discouraged by my bible study, with often only one or two girls showing up to bible study each week. Even though I had declined my program, I continued to receive emails about it, which only made me want it more. When I arrived home for the holidays I kept having to explain why I decided not to go, and one day I decided just to email recruiting and see if there was a chance I could un-decline my program, or at least stop receiving emails about it, it seemed like I hadn't actually declined it. A day later, I got a response saying I had done something wrong and had only declined in half the system, and that they could undo, it but I had 48 hours to decide. So, I talked to my dad, we came up with a plan, and I was able to re-accept my program, just the way it had been! You can read the post I wrote last winter explaining it all here.
Looking back, I'm thankful for the way everything happened. I'm thankful that declining the program enabled me to find a job and helped me to continue working at my full potential with my bible study and school. I'm also thankful that I got an extra month on not being anxious for my program to start. Most of all, I'm thankful that I actually got to do the program. Working at Disney, I formed some of the best friendships of my life, and discovered a career path I really love, as well being involved in an amazing ministry in Florida with Cru. I'm so excited to do it all again!
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