Olga Stinga was born in Sorrento, Italy, and graduated from the University Orientale in Naples, Italy, in 2003. Her career at Sant’Anna Institute began in 2004.
While enrolled in her university, Stinga studied abroad in England for five months through the European Erasmus Program. This opportunity is what made her fall in love with the idea of study abroad. Stinga cites the possibility to experience a new country, improve one’s language and extend beyond comfort zones as her motivations.
In 2015, Stinga was appointed to a director position at Sant’Anna Institute. After being offered a private office and workspace, she chose to keep her desk in the main reception area in order to continue her consistent face-to-face interaction with students and faculty.
Stinga’s biggest hope for students studying abroad at Sant’Anna is for them to “make the most of the world around them by taking their education abroad.”
Maria Anna Marresca is a native of the Sorrento Peninsula. She attended primary school in Sorrento and received her degree in foreign languages and literature from the University of Naples “L’orientale” in 2018.
Maresca believes that, even though Sorrento is a small town, it’s an international community where people come from all over the world — attracted by the beauty of its landscape. She states this reality as the reason she's always been interested in studying languages and promoting cultural exchange between locals and foreign visitors.
After graduating college, she decided to work onboard cruise ships because she wanted to travel, discover different places and meet new people. This experience gave her the chance to work in an international environment and meet people with different cultures and habits. Thanks to collaboration with other cultures, Maresca said she learned that the "other” is no different.
During her post-graduate master’s studies, she decided to study abroad because she wanted to widen her horizons and get closer to the languages and the cultures she studied in her textbooks.
Maresca studied in Russia for six months and discovered that study abroad is a unique educational and life experience that everybody should do once in a lifetime — allowing one to grow personally and culturally.
Maresca’s career at Sant’Anna Institute as assistant study abroad coordinator started in January 2019.
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