#143 Jeanette Negrete, Class of 2012
(I received my Associate's degree in Liberal Arts, Humanities, and Communication. I am studying Nursing at COD.)
I have lived in the Coachella Valley all my life. My parents immigrated here to the valley from Mexico, and have been an essential part of my success in my education. I graduated from La Quinta High School in 2009 and immediately knew that I wanted to attend COD after graduation. I knew my parents didn't have the financial capacity to afford some of the more expensive colleges, and I knew that COD was a great college with great teachers and faculty. I have had the privilege of having some of the greatest teachers any student could ever ask for, and I will continue to strive for my ultimate dream of becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. I have recently been admitted into COD's nursing program and will begin this fall.
My father attended COD at the age of 40. He had graduated from the UTI in Phoenix, Arizona, and after many years decided he wanted to better his position in the workforce. He studied horticulture and landscaping at COD, with what he said to be some of the greatest teachers and staff that truly supported him and helped him achieve the role of assistant superintendent at our valley's own Palm Valley Country Club. His achievement inspired me and my brother as we went through our classes at COD.
I have also had the honor of recently receiving a COD alumni scholarship for the school year granting me the opportunity to continue to study without the stress of the financial barrier. I am truly honored to call myself a Roadrunner, and with the continued support of my family, friends and COD staff I know that I will achieve my goals