Arianna D'Amico

Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Arianna grew up in a bicultural family in Acton Massachusetts, USA. She spent her summers in Sicily and eventually moved to Rome in 2000. She earned her B.A. degree at The American University of Rome in 2002 and her MA degree at St. John’s University in 2007.  She has been working in admissions at AUR since 2008.

“I love travelling and working in Higher Education! I am so blessed to have received an international education and now be able to share my experiences with students and encourage them to study abroad.”

Arianna also enjoys practicing yoga, cuddling with her cat Gwen, eating large quantities of food, dabbling in astrophysics, and of course spending time with her friends.

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Jessica York

Admissions Counselor

I grew up in a bilingual family in Munich, Germany before graduating from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. After further study at the University of Bologna, I knew Italy was the place I wanted to live. It took a while; I taught modern foreign languages at international schools in England and Thailand and later worked as a university counselor in Germany. However, since all roads lead to Rome, I am finally living where I always wanted to live with my Italian (what else?) husband and two kids.
 

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Andrea Ricci

International Admissions Counselor

I was born in Rome. After completing a BSc in Economics at Tor Vergata University in Rome, I moved to the UK where I got a MA in Marketing Management from Middlesex University in London. I joined AUR in 2017 as an International Admissions Counselor, where I am responsible for the recruitment in EU and MENA regions.
 
Prior to joining the American University of Rome, I worked as a Student Recruitment Manager in the UK Higher Education sector, collaborating with top UK universities to improve communication and increase engagement and conversion rates.

My background is also characterized by professional experience in a leading Australian education agency, which completed my international profile in the field. I am passionate about travelling and discovering new cultures. After living in different countries (including the UK, Belgium and Australia) I decided to relocate to Rome and join AUR: I am proud to represent a leading American education provider in my home town!

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Yesenia Serna

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor

Born in Los Angeles, Yesenia attended a community college before transferring to The American University of Rome. At AUR she was part of the Volunteer Club and loved both cooking and trying new foods.

Yesenia graduated in December 2016, with a Bachelor in Italian Studies. She worked as a student assistant for Admissions and then was hired as an Operational Support Officer before becoming Undergraduate Admissions Counselor.

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Gianna Succi

International Admissions Counselor

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2012 I graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in linguistics. During my undergraduate studies, I studied abroad in Rome and I have been in love ever since. My experience abroad allowed for me to realize the love I have for the field of International education.

In 2015 I received my M.S. in Global and International Education from Drexel University. Prior to working for AUR, I worked in International Admissions for 3 years in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I am currently working as an international admissions counselor for students coming from Latin America and Asia. 

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Kirsty Young

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor

I was born in Northumberland, UK, and studied English at Kingston University London before completing a CELTA qualification in Newcastle and moving to Rome in 2015 to teach English as a foreign language. I joined the AUR team in September 2017 and currently hold the position of Undergraduate Admissions Counselor.

To be honest, my career has been driven by the fact that I am fascinated by different languages and cultures, as well as my passion for sampling many different cuisines!