#223 Linda Corral , Class of 2014
(A.A. Early Childhood Education; A.A. Liberal Arts with Emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences.
My journey at College of the Desert was filled with blessings. I started attending College of the Desert after graduating from high school. After being blessed with my son, I had to go from enrollment as a full time student to part time student. Then, following a divorce, I did not know what impact it might have on achieving my academic goals. However, I was soon blessed with meeting Ms.Dianne Russom, the Director of the College of the Desert McCarthy Child Development Center. The McCarthy Child Development Center supported my goals to better myself and enrich my education. The Center provided quality care for my son as well as a job working at the center with an awesome staff. Both helped me continue the pursuit of my education in the profession of Early Childhood Education.
My family, mentors, and professors like Dr. Sanders, Ms.Greene, Ms. Leanored, Mr. Verive and many more encouraged me to continue my education to achieve a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. After a lot of studying and taking classes both at COD and Brandman University, I graduated on a Friday from COD and on that very next Sunday from Brandman University.
I will never forget the feeling of accomplishment I had and remembered everyone that had been an important part of my journey at College of the Desert. I will always be grateful for all of the support that I received from College of the Desert and the McCarthy Center.
I am currently working in the Early Childhood Educational field at Bermuda Dunes Center and plan to continue my own education while also helping to encourage others who want to continue their education as well.