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Wilford Mervilus

#28 Wilford Mervilus, Student
(Ag. Science)

I am originally from Haiti. I came to the Coachella Valley in 2008 on a student visa. It has always been my dream to pursue my education in the U.S., specifically in California. I have family that lives in this area and it was better for me to move here with a support base.

In Haiti people do a lot for education, to get a degree. It’s not easy. When you have a chance to study in another country to improve yourself and reach your goal you take it. So here I am.

I have a Civil Engineering degree, but I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. When I finish with my masters I want to go back to Haiti and teach at a university. I would like to teach agriculture, plant science, and golf course management.

At COD I work in the nursery, take care of the plants and work as a student. I have a student visa and I’m in the process of becoming an American citizen. One day I will hold dual citizenship. Thanks to my family in the U.S. and College of the Desert, I’m still writing my COD story.