#170 Heather Enos, Class of 2009
(Associate of Arts in Business and Technology
Transfer to Pepperdine)
Following graduation from Palm Desert High School, a four year college wasn’t a financial option for me, so I turned to College of the Desert to discover my future. The flexibility of schedules at the college allowed me to work full time while taking a broad range of classes. This provided time for me to work out a future academic and career path.
A class in business law at the college got me thinking about making business a career. A calculus professor pushed even harder, challenging me to really apply myself in order to excel and be prepared for the real world expectations I would be facing after college.
My academic preparation and faculty support, in combination with the scholarships I received from COD Foundation, made all the difference. When someone else believes in you, it helps you believe in yourself.
While I never imagined I could get into a school like Pepperdine, hard work and dedication at College of the Desert opened the door. I earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration at the college in 2009. Thanks to classes that transferred easily I was able to hit the ground running and graduate with a BS in Business Administration from Pepperdine two years later.
I joined FirstBank in 2012 as a Banking Officer at the Washington and 42nd branch in Palm Desert. Banking suits me. I feel fortunate to have landed a great job that I love, in large part because of the great start I got at our community college.