It was out of my passion and interest in photography that I decided to pursue my AA in graphic design; it was a natural extension. I have been shooting photos for more than six years, mostly animals, landscapes and a wide variety of fashion events. I love looking for and capturing those unique moments with my camera. In essence, my employable skills have evolved from the professors I've had at COD.
Having been diagnosed with Autism and being a COD student, I never let my disability get in the way of my talents for learning. One of the things I most like about COD is its diversity in students and teachers. So many of the professors and faculty at COD play a huge role in my learning. Dr. Jordan and David Aquistapace are two prime examples. COD’s Disabled Students Programs and Services Center has been a great resource for me and many other students with disabilities who need extra help testing, lab access and tutors. I can tell you, disabled students really appreciate the extra resources.
COD has been a great place for me to start out my higher education. It’s allowed me to continue learning and improving as a student. For example, my writing skills were only at an acceptable level in high school. Today my writing skills are at UC levels or higher, in just two years.
I’m proud of that and I’m not done.
A good friend said to me, "You are never too old to follow your dreams." My dream had always been to get a college education. College of the Desert gave me the confidence I needed to fulfill my dream of attending UCLA. Thank you to the many professors who helped along the way; without you I would not be where I am today! Dr. Hardy - you ROCK!!
I started taking classes at COD in 2000. I took the Golf Management classes and worked in the golf industry for several years. While working in golf, I decided to change my focus at college to work on writing and began the Chapparal classes; the first semester as the Production Manager and then I became the Editor for the next semester. I enjoyed writing, editing, designing the paper, covering athletics, obtaining advertising and creating the paper ten times within that year.
I began my own small business and worked on growing that until the economy fell off and I decided to go back to college full time in 2008. I finished my degree in 2009 at COD and then went on to CSUSB Palm Desert and received my BA in PR Communications/Marketing in Dec 2011.
I am now working on events for a couple of companies and am helping to produce the 2012 Perez Road Fall Festival in Cathedral City this year.
College of the Desert helped me believe in me. What started out as a simple decision to take one class in Women’s Studies at my nearby community college to keep myself occupied after the kids were gone, ended up transforming my life. That one class opened my mind to the limitless possibilities higher education can provide. It also opened the door to a fascinating area of study and a degree in psychology.
The education and experience I gained at COD, and later at Cal State, made possible a tremendous 17 year career at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage. I will forever be grateful to College of the Desert, the faculty and the support provided there.
I am proud to step up for COD and share my story.
I believe education changes lives - it changed mine. I started my higher education at a California Community College and often say the education and experiences I received there saved my life. I chose to build a career in the California Community College system because I wanted to give back.
College of the Desert serves the residents of the Coachella Valley by giving them access to quality instruction and the services to support their success. I am proud to be a part of the College of the Desert family where students receive a meaningful education that will change them forever. Join me and StepUpForCOD!