My education was slim when in my teens, I quit school in 9th grade. In 1983 I took an exam to get my GED at College of the Desert (COD), and passed when I was 20. Twenty six years later my life got very difficult, unmanageable. I'm now 47 years old and enrolled at COD in Culinary Arts. Honestly I enrolled with no confidence; but, now it's 2014 and I graduated with an AA Degree the same time my son (COD student) graduated, same ceremony! THANK YOU TO Paul Maag, Chef Beno, Chef Miller, Bill Grotenrath, Courtney Dousset, DSPS, Dr. Jordan, Prof. Tabor, Prof. Stegeman, Dr. George, Les & Shirley Larson, Prof. Tapleshay, Prof. Emerson, Prof. Morrow, Dr. Culhan, Asc tutors, and THANK YOU to every student who told me with confidence I would make it! THANK YOU MOM N NORM. THANK YOU ALAN, MALLORY, KATE. THANK YOU HOLLIHANS. THANK YOU FSP. And THANK YOU COD!