A distance-student once said, jokingly : « Michaël is part of the furniture at the Faculté Jean Calvin ». We began studying Theology at the same time in 2006, he as a distance student and me a residental student. Sometimes it’s hard for the distance students to see the full-time students get their degrees and leave the Faculté while they have to plod on, their program being spread over a much longer period. One of the challenges of distance-learning is persevering, sticking with it until the end. Distance-students come to Aix several time a year and love being part of campus life. After getting my Bachelor's I went on to do a Master's, while working part-time at the library and teaching Hebrew as a volunteer tutor. Whenever the distance-student I mentioned earlier has come back over the last six years he has still found me here.
He will no doubt be glad to learn (as he reads this newsletter) that in September 2014 I was taken on at the Faculté to teach Hebrew, manage the distance-learning program and set up the Faculté’s internet platform. This is a technical job but it also brings me into contact with the distance-students. I can help them out at times and encourage them in their work, which brings me great encouragement in turn.
Michaël De Luca