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Joaquin Perez

#218 Joaquin Perez, Student
(Liberal Arts: Social Science and Behavior)

When I started attending College of the Desert back in 2010 and was not sure what I would be doing, I decided to study Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Social Science and Behavior. It is now four years later and my journey has been anything but easy. I had a baby, got married, and moved out to be on our own. All this made school a bit challenging, but it was possible to continue with all of the help that COD provided.

For example, the best thing that happened to me and my wife, who works and also attends COD, is the McCarthy Family Child Development & Training Center on campus. If the Center were not around to help we would have had a difficult time attending COD and furthering our education while having a child and working at the same time. The Center helps provide child care for my daughter while we are in class, doing homework, or even working. Now, because all of that was possible I most likely will be graduating in the spring of 2015. I plan to transfer to Cal State San Bernardino to get my Bachelor’s Degree in History with a teaching credential so that I can teach high school students and give back to the community through education.