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Spaghetti with cod, white wine and tomato sauce #quarantinecooking

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How to maximize time when you cook.

Some time ago a friend of mine told me that her greatest cooking challenge was calculating preparation time. I have been thinking a lot about this and about my previous experience as a cook. In fact, she is right. Some of my colleagues find recipes taking too long and wondering why. I rarely have that problem and the secret is organization.


I will use the next recipe to illustrate my method. Pasta with cod, white wine, and tomato sauce can be prepared in about 30 minutes, starting from scratch. The recipe starts by sautéing carrots and leek (or onions). So, begin with these two ingredients, and wash, Continue reading


Thank you

University of the People, usually called UoPeople, is an American on-line free institution, based in Pasadena, California – United States. Its website is here: http://www.uopeople.edu/

Shai Reshef founded it in 2009, offering two programs: Computer Science and Business Administration. In the beginning, it was not accredited and it started with 177 students from 49 Countries all over the world. Now, there are students from 180 Countries and it’s currently accredited by the DEAC (Distance Education Accrediting Commission).

It’s been seven days since I’ve received the envelope containing my Diploma (Business Administration) from them and all the people around here will remember that moment. After three hours of persistent crying, I applied some ice to my eyes and went to cook for an important event. Probably, that paper melted other sentiments I stored in my heart, that UoPeople relentlessly triggered.

I feel happy and sad at the same time.

I’ve finished my courses and I have more time availability, without daily schedules and deadlines. No more reading assignments or exams, not even the animated classes where each topic was analyzed and described from the most assorted perspectives I could have ever imagined. No more chats in the morning with peers who were going to bed at the other side of the planet. Together, we shared the same frustration, or sometimes I learned the simple joy of my Latino friend; I picked-up the secret of the commitment of my Cambodian friend, who cleared mines during the day and studied the evening. I burned the midnight oil with my Italian friend, who was always available and loyal, even if we’ve never met. I joined a happy “virtual team” made of two Italians (I and a Fab -guy), a squeaky-clean British girl, an American Lady, a Russian genie and a British/Italian computer scientist&cook. They taught me a lot of English idioms as well as the endless possibilities that true friendship may ever offer.

I see a lot of people writing to me and asking for info about UoPeople and the main purpose of this blog is to offer such answers. People want to know about my job, about my life, my family and my future. I ask you a favor: remember that I feel rich, because I’m not wealthy in the sense of money, but my heart and my mind store a unique experience that nothing could ever pay. President Reshef, you created the most powerful, amazing, fair, colored project on earth; I feel blessed and honored to be part of it.

Thank you, grazie.

A special “thank you” to my Mentor Mindy Chozik and HP for their innovative Mentorship Program. Mindy, my light, my life.

A hug to Lily Frusciante, who virtually took my hand and who made me dream thanks to her spellbound worlds.

Infinite love to my friend Natascia Tronconi, it’s been 30 years and she’s still there.

Thank you to the best teacher ever, William Allman.

Thank you to Lorenzo Saporetti, the best Computer Scientist I’ve ever met and the one who made me fall in love with Linux. Thank you to Giovanni Miserocchi, my second brother, the best doctor on earth.

Thank you to my family and to my daughter Marta, my heart; she went through my adventure and she’s now proud of me.

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Oh yes, I passed the finals!

Oh yes, I passed the finals!

I’ve received a few messages asking if I had passed the last exam and then I realized I didn’t clearly stated that: yes I did it. Now, even if I wait for the Diploma (they’ll send it to my Italian address), I’m an official graduate: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of the People. You know how much this means to me and how do I feel after chasing my dream for more than 15 years; Continue reading


The Gini index, poverty and access to education.

I often say: “I love Economics” and I see this statement causes jaw dropping effects, because it sounds weird. During my experience at the Uopeople I studied the Gini index, that represented one of my favorite subjects, particularly during the courses of “Microeconomics”, “Macroeconomics” and “Principles of Economics”. This index helps to understand social inequalities and the distribution of wealth, it ranges from 0 to 1; specifically, a fair result is in proximity of 0. I checked the situation of my Country and I compared it to others; I even checked the political Government that ruled at that times and I got a general idea of those who increased the inequalities or, in the contrary, performed better.

The Gini index is the result you get after  Continue reading

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The last week of the last course at Uopeople, and Christmas

“So this is Christmas
And what have you done?”

Many days have passed since my last post, and after considering the Christmas time, the courses at Uopeople going on and my job commitments, you would certainly understand how my life turned out.

I’ve made a mistake and the first day of the year 2016 I’m here to discover it, while opening my assignments for unit 8 at Uopeople and nonetheless my good intentions, I forgot something: I didn’t assess my peers’ assignments from last week (7). Before my study experience at Uopeople, Continue reading


The fifth week at Uoepeople and the last hectic years

Last Monday I was talking to the brightest light in my life, my Mentor Mindy, when she asked about the topics we will discuss during our next Skype meeting. I always act like if I were in symbiosis with her, because I know I can listen to her, while also act like she does; normally, she does the right thing. Unfortunately, my mind was unexpectedly empty, so that I’ve hesitated a few seconds, then I’ve recognized the “from week 5 to the exam” typical burned mood. Yes, because Continue reading

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University of the People, an interesting assignment

Today I want to tell you about an engaging assignment I’ve been working on during the last week, that means unit four at Uopeople. In a recent article, I mentioned the fact I’m attending my concluding course (Business Policy and Strategy) before getting my Bachelor and we were analyzing the Biocon case; the week assignment was addressed to the same Indian Company, but we had to answer some specific questions. Nitty-gritty, those queries were particularly brilliant, Continue reading

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My last course at Uopeople

Today it’s December 6th, it’s Sunday afternoon, my birthday, and I’ve just posted my answer for the fourth week Discussion Forum of my last course at Uopeople: “Business Policy and Strategy”; as usual, I switch the radio on to get the right mood before writing. In the background, Anthony Kiedis sings “how long will I slide?” and even if plenty of people interpreted this song by using a pessimistic key, I get energy from that lyrics. 100% positive you all have  Continue reading


University of the people, the method, how it works, examples of its validity

I arrived at the decision to write this article about the “method” University of the People uses, after receiving messages from everywhere, asking for such peculiarity. As a student who has almost finished her path, I know how this process works, by virtue of the fact I personally experienced that, during the past five years. As a consequence, I can show proof of its advantage as well as their application; simultaneously, I will inform you about some researches, including a confirmation of what I’ve been saying all along. Debbie Time, an American graduate of the University of the People, contributes to this article.

Point of departure: the method of University of the People is extremely different from traditional ones; consequence: people all around the world compare it with their own.

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How are you doing? Of University of the People and Statistics

How are you doing?

With the complicity of global warming, the last Italian Summer turned out to be the hottest of the three on record in more than a decade; indeed, my imminent exam for the “Statistics course” raised my perception of temperatures. That is to say: “statistics are statistics” and this time, studying in a language other than my mother tongue caused me visions, something similar toseek out an oasis in the desert”. I speculate such “emotional” approach sprang after the intense routine I lived during the last five years, which is comparable to an enduring Marathon, where the city assumed the form of my home, runners became

other students all over the world, I wore out a keyboard instead of jogging shoes and the conclusive mile turned into Statistics. That sprint signified something specific to me: it symbolized a special revenge in front of life; particularly about women‘s rights, which also include getting a College Education. Continue reading