I have been teaching Introduction to Interpersonal Communication at COD for over six years. Every semester, I see how it changes students' lives. Most people don't realize just how much is involved in interpersonal communication, but this course examines the process and gives practical techniques for improving relationships. It's very rewarding to hear students share their stories at the end of the semester and demonstrate how much they have learned and how much their relationships have improved as a result of this course. I think everyone should take it.
I believe every person deserves the opportunity to pursue higher education. My parents were not in a position financially to contribute to my schooling. I'm grateful that I was able to obtain a combination of scholarships, grants and loans to complete my four-year degree. At the time, I honestly didn't realize who was providing that financial support. It's time for me to give back, and working at College of the Desert Foundation is my avenue to make that happen.
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.