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Hortencia  Diaz

#245 Hortencia Diaz , Class of 2005
(GED and AA in English )

During my freshman year of high school I decided to drop out of school and look for a job. I always regretted my decision but didn't feel I had what it took to go back and secure an education. In my 30's I decided to give it a try and walked onto the College of the Desert campus. I was scared and nervous, to say the least. However, I quickly saw that I had tremendous support from all the staff and within a very short period of time I secured a GED and within two years I was walking across the stage to receive an AA in English.

From COD I transferred to UCR and secured a BA in English and shortly thereafter I secured an MA in Psychology. Currently, I am working towards a PhD in Clinical Psychology. I can honestly say that everything I needed to learn in order to succeed I learned at COD. I will forever be grateful to College of the Desert and for the support of every staff member that believed in me when I doubted myself.