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"My degree has already helped me land a job I could have only dreamed of before."

GIUSEPPE ZERILLI
COMPUTER SCIENCE GRADUATE
IBM, UK

AN INTERVIEW WITH GIUSEPPE ZERILLI, COMPUTER SCIENCE GRADUATE

Q: Why did you choose to study at UoPeople?

A: I read about UoPeople in an Italian national newspaper while I was already living in the United States. I liked the initiative and I wanted to be one of the pioneers.

Q: Did you face any hardships which prevented you from getting your degree in the past?

"UoPeople gave me the opportunity to study, learn and create a better future for myself when all the other doors seemed to be closed."

A: At the time I was attending University in Italy, the military service was enforced so I had to leave my studies to join the armed forces. Because of that and because I decided to join the State Police I've never finished my University degree. Fast forward eight years, I decided to move to the United States with my wife. I couldn't afford a higher education degree in the States, UoPeople was the solution.

Q: How would you describe University of the People?

A: A multi-ethnical cauldron of knowledge.

Q: What was your favorite thing about studying at University of the People?

A: The possibility to acquire knowledge and being guided by knowledgeable professors and the fact that I could do it on my own time schedule.

Q: What issues did you encounter during your studies?

A: Sometimes I had issues with low grades from classmates and unresponsive professors. Luckily this wasn't the case for most courses and it didn't impact my degree in the end. Overall it was a great experience and a great opportunity

Q: How do you think your degree from UoPeople helped you?

A: My degree has already helped me land a job I could have only dreamed of before.

Q: How do you think your degree will help you in the future?

A: My degree will always be the first step stone of my career. What I am doing now and what I will achieve in the future will be for the major part thanks to my degree.

Q: What is your advice to a new prospect student at UoPeople?

A: Different people from different countries, means different cultures and ways of thinking. Be mindful that what might sound strange or blunt to you, might not be so in the other person's culture. What might sound very longwinded and contrite, might be a normal way of expressing complex concepts the other person's culture. I cannot stress enough when I say that the people all around the world don't think alike. Be patient, be constructive but above all be respectful.