Valentini (B.S. AM '17) Named General Studies Valedictorian

Applied Mathematics major, Colin Valentini, has been named the Class of 2017 Valedictorian from the School of General Studies. 

"After graduating from high school, Colin, a lifelong car enthusiast, enrolled at a technical college with the goal of becoming a mechanic. However, halfway through the program, after a discussion with a friend of his who was considering joining the military, Colin visited a recruiter’s office and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He scored the highest possible score on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test, qualifying for every position within the Corps, but decided he wanted to join the infantry. During his time in the service, he first deployed to the East and South Asian seas, and later, to Afghanistan.

While still in the service, Colin applied to GS, largely because of its comprehensive support for military veterans. After four years in the Marine Corps, he was granted an early release to begin his studies at GS in the fall of 2013. Colin credits an exceptional graduate student who taught his first-semester pre-calculus course with awakening a passion for mathematics. Instead of teaching by example, he focused on why things are the way they are, and then showed how it could be proven mathematically. From this experience, Colin knew immediately that it was the subject he wanted to pursue.

Outside of his academics, Colin worked at the Columbia Daily Spectator for two years, as a cartoonist, an illustrator, and a data analyst, which provided the opportunity to apply his study of mathematics to research surrounding modeling social media data. Colin has been named to the Dean’s List every semester, is a member of the GS Honor Society, and graduates with a degree in applied mathematics."

Excerpted from GS Class Day Speaker Announced


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