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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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Pasta with Zucchini, curry and soy-cream

#easypastarecipe #easyrecipe #courgettespasta #pastaeasytaste #vegetarian

Serves 3

Ingredients

3 Zucchini (in Summer you can use Zucchini blossoms)

1 pack of soy-cream (or double-cream) – about 100 g.

1 teaspoon of curry

200 g fusilli or other types of pasta

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Millet, pepper & aubergines, smoked scamorza (or smoked tofu).

Today I visited my mother and she said a farmer donated her some vegetables and she wanted to share them together with me. I went home and opened the kitchen cabinet while wondering: “so, what do I cook today for my vegetarian daughter?”. I took a pack of millet, then reminded of some leftovers of smoked cheese in the fridge. I thought, if I cook everything well, I can get a great taste from this almost “for free” recipe (in short, I just paid the millet, cheese, salt, pepper and oil, how much is it? 4 €? maybe less).

Marta said it was tasteful, delicious, light and original; what is more, I was happy to see her approval.

#mirnarossirecipe #cheaphealthyvegetableseasy #mile #vegetarian

Ingredients

100 g  millet

1 red pepper

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Dried fig, almond, and ricotta cheese tart

Ingredients

Pie dough

120 g butter (room temperature)

1 egg

100 g powdered sugar

220 g wheat flour

pure vanilla essence

Filling

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Re-targeting. Evil or Divine Marketing tool?

#digitalmarketing #mooc

Even if I’ve just finished my studies at the University of the People, I’m already enjoying the amazing courses the web offers. I confess, I’m actually enrolled in 5 MOOC courses, since after my Bachelor in Business Administration I distinguish what my favorite topics are. In short, I reveal an insane passion for Digital Marketing and Web Analytics; as a consequence, the Coursera MOOC courses perfectly satisfy my curiosity.

I’ve just finished the second course: “Digital Analytics for Marketing Professionals: Marketing Analytics in Theory, 1 of 6 courses in Digital Marketing from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign”. Continue reading


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Tiramisù – recipe. Pasteurized eggs

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This is my favorite Tiramisù recipe, here is the last version for my husband’s birthday. Recipe by Luca Montersino.

Why is it important to use pasteurized eggs? For your safety, see more here.

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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


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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.

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Final exam and ..this is it

At the end of each term, we usually have a four days availability for the finals and I am used to tackle the exam during the first day, that corresponds to Thursday. So did I for the last exam, too. Today it’s Tuesday, that means a few days were passed before I was able to write a message for this blog. I see happy faces all around; my daughter and my husband are proud of me and their cheeriness measures Continue reading