For some adult college students, going back to school is driven by career interests. For others, it becomes a life changing experience. Michael DiMaio epitomizes the second group.
DiMaio is a veteran who overcame a variety of obstacles before finding his way to the College of Professional Studies at Villanova University. Now he is on track to graduate in May of 2023, poised to take new steps in his career, prepared to continue operating a non-profit organization he founded, and ready to capitalize on a new outlook on life.
His journey to higher education started long ago. DiMaio served in the Air Force until he suffered an injury. He found the transition to civilian life very difficult. He worked as an electrician for 28 years, but his body and his past made that career path untenable.
“I have some injuries to my knees from my time in the service. In the civilian world, those injuries got worse as time went on,” Michael explained. “I decided to retire my work boots and change my career.”