I wrote this about a week before I left Disney, but I wasn’t ready to share it. I’ve been in Charlotte for one week now, and I am so thankful for that.
I write today with unexpected yet wonderful news: I’m moving away from Orlando! I say “away from Orlando” because it’s a little unclear as to where I’ll be moving.
These are the things that I know:
– My last day of work with The Walt Disney Company will be August 31.
– I am actively pursuing engineering jobs in the Greenville SC area.
You may absolutely NOT tell me to reconsider this decision, it’s already been made. That’s all I’m going to say on that matter.
I came to Florida for a reason, and I’m leaving for a reason. I’m thoroughly enjoying building my life and finding what makes me happy, and I don’t regret anything for one second. This experience has been life changing, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’m so thankful to be finished with long distance relationships! Austin and I will never spend a significant amount of time apart again. EVER. It’s done. This was the deciding factor which caused me to end my program early. We have been dating for 21 months, 16 of which have been medium to long distance. NO MORE. I want to take a moment to say that Austin did not once ask me to leave my program. Even when I officially decided to put in my two weeks notice, he asked if I wanted to look for other jobs in Orlando and continue working toward Imagineering. This was my decision. If Austin were not in my life, I would finish my program and then move back to the Carolinas, but I can’t see the point in extending our time apart.
I can’t wait to get back into Mechanical Engineering! I’ve had a couple of phone interviews with companies in the upstate, and I’m so ready to get started in the industry. I’ve learned a bunch of new skills while working in Watercraft, and I look forward to finding application for them in my usual workplace.
I am also super excited about the personal discoveries that I made while on College Program. First and foremost, my dreams have changed. I don’t long for Imagineering, and I don’t care to live in Orlando. I find myself wishing quite frequently that I were home – in South Carolina. That is where I need to be, and I’m grateful that I have the ability to return without major consequence. I’ve learned a lot about myself in Orlando, just as I did when I lived here two summers ago. Orlando is truly the city beautiful, and it has been such a wonderful pallet cleanser for me. My head is clear and I know what I need.
There are a lot of reasons to leave the College Program. For those of you who are participating or plan to participate in DCP, I encourage you to do so. My reasons for leaving are strictly personal. I had a marvelous experience with the program. I loved work and classes, I made friends, and I enjoyed exploring my options with the company.
So many of you will have questions about my plans for the future. Please don’t ask me any of them. I’m still working it out, and your questions will add unnecessary stress and tension to my life. I’ll provide you with a rough outline here:
I’m looking for jobs in Greenville, and there’s a possibility I’ll have an offer soon. In the meantime, I’m taking what will fit in my car to Charlotte on Sunday September 1 to be with Austin. He and I will return to Orlando briefly to get my furniture on September 14th/15th. We will move the furniture into a storage unit in Greenville so that I can get out of my lease in Orlando. Yes, it’s complicated. The details aren’t important to you, what you need to know is that (hopefully) we’ll be in Greenville soon!
I am so excited to spend the rest of my life with Austin. I’m excited to start that life in Charlotte for the time being, and I’m excited to find our way to Greenville together. I’m excited to see where my career takes me, and I’m excited to get started on that path. I’m excited to move. I’m excited to get a fresh start. Please help me be excited that I have your support.
As for Disney, don’t worry. Many of you know where my heart lies and will find this news hard to believe. Austin and I will make regular visits to Orlando at least once per year. I won’t forget my home, but I’m happy that I have grown to appreciate other things. I was raised in those parks and that will never change. Don’t worry about me ending my time as a guest and a fan – that’s not going to happen.
So…. anybody hiring in Greenville? 😉