Bianca-Valentina Marinica is pursuing a Ph.D. at the Doctoral School for Applied Cognitive Psychology of Babeş-Bolyai University. Her Ph.D. thesis is coordinated by Associate Professor Oana Negru-Subtirica. Her thesis focuses on how volunteering activities contribute to the civic, personal and professional development of young people. Other topics of interest are the study of identity, vocational counselling and non-formal education. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Counselling and Psychological Interventions in Human Development from Babeș-Bolyai University.