Alumni Spotlight: Michael Del Vecchio’16: Math Enthusiast

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. ~Albert Einstein

Michael Del Vecchio’16 is originally from NJ, but has been living in Myrtle Beach, SC since 2007.  Michael graduated from the College of Charleston in the Summer of 2016 with a Master of Science in Mathematics and a Graduate Certificate in Statistics.  Currently, Michael is a Math instructor at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. Michael says teaching mathematics has always been a lifelong passion. He is truly living his dream!  He previously taught math at Andrews High School, Piedmont Technical College, and Horry Georgetown Technical College.  In 2006, he earned his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University double majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science.  Besides teaching, Michael is passionate about music and playing the guitar.  Michael plays the guitar for the worship band at his church.  Michael is happily married with three children.

Mike and Wife

Why did you choose UCSC?

To obtain my long term goal of teaching higher education I needed to get my masters degree in Mathematics.  Seeking a college that offered a graduate degree in my area was not an easy task.  I had visited Charleston and loved the city.  When I talked to the Math department I felt welcome and a sense of community. I was impressed with their quality and convenient program.  Because of my family I was not able to live in Charleston.  In 2014, I decided to take a break from working and began to commute 89 miles each way twice a week to begin earning my masters degree at the College of Charleston.  I was a little nervous after not taking college level math classes in eight years, but the welcoming and supportive professors and the student body quickly put me at ease.  Each semester got a little easier.  My advice to furture students is to never give up on your dreams and pursue the degree you need. Do not get overwhelmed and just keep pushing forward. The world is yours to conquer!

Mike-Francis Marion University

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