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Octavio Garcia

#166 Octavio Garcia, Transfer to Cal-State University, Long Beach
(Business Administration)

Going back to school can be really intimidating especially if you haven’t been in a classroom for a while. I still remember crashing all those classes and finally getting the classes I needed. COD has made me feel welcome and part of their family. That’s why I love COD; I can always find someone willing to help me with any questions or concerns I would have. I was also fortunate enough to be part of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society which is a great organization what really pushes students to strive to be the best and rewards them when they do. I still can’t believe I will graduate from COD in May 2013 in Business Administration. I am transferring to CSUSB to obtain my Bachelor’s in Business Management. I know this is just the beginning to reach my ultimate goal, which is to be an entrepreneur. I want my children to realize that hard work does pay off and know that all of the sacrifices are well worth it. I see myself coming back and giving back to my community and my COD family. It was here, at COD, where the foundation for my education was created. As we all know, a structure is only as strong as its foundation. I am very thankful and confident that my educational structure has a solid and strong foundation, and it was here at COD where it all took place. For that reason COD will always be in my heart.