Contractors used to call me for painting jobs. I worked at Starbucks, too. I enrolled in the Public Safety Academy at College of the Desert because I wanted more for myself and my family. Now, I’m in my third year at COD seeking to become a Firefighter Paramedic. I’ve always looked up to the firefighters, and what they contribute to us all. I too want to help people and save lives.
Fire Captain, Dela Cruz, at COD has been a great inspiration to me. He taught me, “If you want it, go get it.” He’d say, “Learn the material, so you will be successful.” I followed Captain Dela Cruz’ advice, and was very proud to get a scholarship from the Fire Academy for improved work, high grades and test scores. Earning a scholarship made me proud and helped me to continue to study hard.
Having a college degree is important to me. I look forward to accomplishing my goals and contributing to my community.