By Jordan Speed
CCC Journalism Program
Camden County College Italian Professor Maria Capuni has aspirations of becoming an economist after her teaching career concludes.
Capuni was born in the United States but her family moved back to Italy a few days after. In her adult years, Capuni was vacationing in the U.S. but wound up staying.
“I was on vacation and I wound up meeting my future husband. Because of that, I stayed,” she said.
Starting a family with her husband was part of the reason that drove Capuni to become an Italian professor, but Capuni never gave up on her dream of becoming an economist. Capuni has two daughters, one being 7 years old and the other being 6 months old, with her husband.
About starting a career as an economist, Capuni said, “Maybe after my children are old enough, I will start.”
Capuni wanted to become an economist at an early age. She loves numbers, which is essential in becoming an economist. Capuni went to school in Italy. She majored in economics but then switched her focus to becoming a teacher.
Even though becoming a professor wasn’t Capuni’s dream, she still loves doing it and her students have taken notice of that. Italian 2 student Brittany Aristone has become more interested in Italian culture because of Capuni.
“She influenced me to learn more about Italian culture,” Aristone said. “She explained to us about life in Italy and sparked my interest in how it was different from life in America.”
What also made Capuni become a professor was her interest in teaching people how to speak Italian. She realized many people wanted to learn Italian and she could help those people learn the language.
Capuni is also enjoying parenting. When asked if she wanted more children, Capuni said, “I would like to but two is enough.”