Jean Vezzalini, Italian. As an international student I attended COD and CSUSB.
After I retired in Italy, I started to work on a dream - a dream to write and illustrate a collection of short stories in English. English is not my first or second language; I speak a few more languages. To attain that dream of writing a book in English, I chose College of the Desert to begin my studies. I successfully completed 12 units each semester and was on the Dean’s List for seven consecutive semesters.
Along the way I worked on the campus newspaper and obtained an A.A. Degree in Digital Design and Production. I completed the collection of short stories and also became a watercolor, acrylic and oil painter. I had two solo exhibitions of my work in the Garrow Gallery at COD. My work was also exhibited in the Marks Center of the Arts in Palm Desert. I donated my work to raise funds to improve existing art programs on the COD campus.
At COD, I also completed an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts and English Composition. I continued with my studies, and in 2006 I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from CSUSB-PDC. Upon earning my Bachelor's Degree, I worked as an admissions recruiter for the PDC campus at the College of the Desert with international students. I also created and produced the first campus literary publication “Tesserae”. Next, I continued my education at CSUSB as a master’s student in Communication Studies. While working on my degree, I served as a graduate TA and taught a stand-alone section of Oral Communication. The experience roused my interest in teaching and my thesis was pedagogically based. In 2010 I earned my Master’s Degree in Communication.
During the past year, I volunteered at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus informing students of the International Studies/Travel Abroad Program. I also volunteered at COD with the Art department.
Heartfelt appreciation is directed to my husband who has stood by me unwearyingly. Sincere thankfulness is devolved to professors, staff and friends at COD who supported me through this intellectual journey.