Meet the Ambassadors

‌Meet the Ambassadors

Marisa Caruso | Biology

‌Ireland - SHU in Dingle

My name is Marisa Caruso and I am currently a sophomore here at SHU.  I am a biology major with two minors, chemistry and music.  I am a member of the band, a brother in the bands’ fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi, and a Mi amigo mentee here at SHU.  Studying Abroad in Late Spring of my freshmen year in Dingle, Ireland has truly been one of my greatest highlights thus far.  While in Ireland I met some amazing people, embraced a beautiful culture, and experienced things that I know will be once in a lifetime.  I took the class Coastal Ecology of Ireland which was absolutely amazing; I learned so many things working out in the field and at the Dingle Aquarium that I know I will be able to use in the future.  The key to success in an experience like this is to go in with an open mind and to just take in all that there is to offer.  One thing is for sure my time abroad was pretty awesome.

Christine Rios | Business Administration

Christine RiosItaly - John Cabot University

‌Choosing a place to study abroad was potentially one of the most difficult choices I have had to make. Every location had such amazing things to offer; from Australia’s incomparable location, to Ireland’s breathtaking landscape it was hard to choose just one. Luckily for me I always felt drawn towards Italy, and the program in Rome appeared too good to be true. Once I made the choice everything fell in place. From the helpfulness of everyone from Sacred Heart and John Cabot the transition was much easier than anticipated. The only complaint I have was that it ended far too soon. Living within such a magnificent city was a dream come true. Not only was I able to enjoy every aspect of the city from making a wish at the Trevi Fountain, to stuffing my face with unhealthy amounts of gelato I was also lucky enough to travel. From seeing the Eiffel Tower light up at midnight to tasting every kind of wine in Tuscany to dressing up in a drindle at Oktoberfest to seeing the most beautiful water in Croatia and much more – this experience was nothing but a blessing. Every day that passes I wish I was back in that magnificent city, reliving the best four months of my life. ‌

Emilie Cecere | Business Administration

Italy - John Cabot University

My study abroad experience in Rome, Italy was truly an unforgettable experience. I truly had the best five weeks in this beautiful city willed with new friendships, amazing new experiences, and memories to last a lifetime. Living in the heart of this eternal and historical city allowed me the opportunity to experience living in another culture firsthand. I was able to meet students from all over the United States as well as local students. I took an onsite class called “Ancient Rome and its Monuments” where I was able to experience all the history of Rome such as the Pantheon, The Coliseum, the Roman Forum, Largo Argentina, as well as many museums, and churches. I also had to opportunity to travel to many other cities in Italy such as Florence, Venice, Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, and even a weekend trip to Croatia!  This [program] allowed me to become more independent, self-confident, and aware of just how big the world really is. In addition to the art and history, experiencing the extraordinary cuisine that Italy is known for was an added bonus. I am so happy that I was afforded the opportunity to study abroad in Italy, and I definitely encourage anyone who wishes to travel to Italy to do so during their time at Sacred Heart! 

Kathryn Pierce | Sociology

Italy - John Cabot University

Studying abroad was the best experience that I have ever had. Going to Italy had always been a dream of mine, and I never thought that I would be able to live there for four months. From small things, like walks along the Tiber, and throwing coins in the Trevi, to the larger things like the trips that we took throughout the semester, I have learned so much about myself and about the world around me. From hiking in the Amalfi coast, to seeing the Acropolis in person, to ice skating in Stockholm, to walking through Copenhagen and a million other memories and experiences in between, I can easily say that studying abroad has changed me for the better. It isn't until you are thrown into a culture where you don’t speak the language, aren't familiar with the landscape or the currency, and when you have absolutely no idea where you are going that you truly understand and appreciate the world around you.

Karli Ryan | Psychology

Italy - John Cabot University

I am a junior here at SHU and a Psychology Major, Italian Minor. I studied abroad in Rome, Italy for fall of 2013 and am wishing to go back everyday. I had the opportunity to meet amazing people and explore amazing places. I have learned to navigate the wonderful city of Rome, learned the public transportation, ditched my map within days of being in Rome, traveled to foreign countries, been on 8 plane rides, 46 hours on buses, countless hours on metros and trains, explored cities for hours with no sleep, sled in the Swiss Alps, ice skated in Switzerland, climbed the Arc De Triomphe, seen the Eiffel Tower sparkle at midnight in Paris, walked across Abbey Road, ridden the London Eye, climbed up to the Acropolis, went to a wine tasting in Tuscany, went to mass with the Pope, made a million wishes in the Trevi Fountain, and had countless laughs, tears, memories, pasta, and pizza. 

Ryan Coghill | Marketing

Ryan CoghillLuxembourg - SHU in Luxembourg

My name is Ryan Coghill and I will be a junior at Sacred Heart University this fall. I am a marketing major as well as a brother of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. I was excited to do the Luxembourg study abroad program because it offered classes for my major while being able to travel around Europe while doing so. I was excited that I went with so many of my good friends because I was able to experience these once in a lifetime experiences with them. I also met a lot of great people I didn’t know prior to the program and I am fortunate that I gained new friends from this experience. In my time abroad I was able to travel to seven different countries and enjoy all what had to offer.

Kylee Lowndes | Digital Communications

Kylee LowndesDingle - SHU in Dingle

My study abroad experience was honestly the best experience I have ever had in all 21 years of my life. I went on the trip with high expectations, and when I came home I realized I had reached my expectations and even more. I took a class with a teacher I had previously taken at Sacred Heart.  During this trip I became even closer with him, which will help me in the future because he is a great person to go to for guidance. I enjoyed my study abroad trip so much that me and a few other people who attended this trip asked our parents as a graduation gift if we could return to the town of Dingle. For the first week when I was back in the United States I was almost in tears every day and realized I was homesick from Dingle. Overall, I could not have asked for a better study abroad experience. 

Danielle Mestres | Psychology

Danielle MestresUnited Kingdom - CCIS in London

Studying abroad at Kingston University, in London, UK was life changing. It was much more of a culture shock then you’d expect going from one English speaking country to another, but a shock that my life needed. I’m not sure what drove me to study abroad, but there was an unyielding desire for something new that caused me to apply, and get on that 7 hour flight, and caused me to stick around, despite being alone. Nestled into a small town, just outside central London, Kingston was an ideal place to be. With a rich culture, a tight community, and an exuberant nightlife, Kingston became a home away from home to me. I lived not with other Americans, but natives to the country, I learned different foods, sport, and fun. I made life-long friends, who I could now never imagine having not met. I attended big lecture classes, much larger then ones I’d ever been a part of, and for the first time in my life, used public transportation. Studying abroad opened my life up to so many new and exciting opportunities. I went to different places around England as part of my class, learned how to pay rent to the accommodation building, and learned how to survive in a country without the home-life structure I was used to. Studying abroad changed my life, in all the best ways.

Jessica Michaud | Biology

Jessica MichaudIreland - SHU in Dingle

I am going into my senior year here at SHU. I want to get more involved on campus and meet new people. I had a great experience studying abroad in Dingle and want more people to be aware of the incredible opportunity available to them. I think the program was well organized and really allowed us to experience the culture and diversity in another country. I am approachable and friendly and hope to inspire other students to attend future study abroad programs.



Juliann Sweeney | Marketing & Business Administration

Juliann SweeneyLuxembourg - SHU in Luxembourg

I am a senior at SHU majoring in Marketing and Business Administration, and I decided to study abroad in Luxembourg this past spring. Like some students, I was originally afraid to study abroad because I have never left the country before. However, after hearing a few friends talk about their experiences I knew studying abroad was something I had to do, so I signed up for the two week program in Luxembourg. The only word I can use to describe my experience in Luxembourg is: AMAZING. I had the time of my life in Luxembourg, and even had the opportunity to travel to Amsterdam, Brussels, Trier, Germany, Metz, France, and Paris due to Luxembourg’s convenient location in Europe. It was an awesome opportunity to be able to go to class during the day and explore the culture and social life of Luxembourg at night. The lifestyle in Luxembourg is completely different from the lifestyle we live in the US, and it was awesome to experience that first hand. Not only did I learn a lot about Luxembourg, but I also learned a lot about myself and made a ton of new friends along the way. If I had to give someone a word of advice it would be to take advantage of what SHU has to offer and study abroad!

Emma Trapani | Business Administration, Finance, & Economics

Emma TrapaniLuxembourg - SHU in Luxembourg

Choosing to study abroad while in college was single handedly the best decision that I have ever made! During the summer I was lucky enough to visit the wonderful country of Luxembourg. Although this was a short program, I was able to travel and experience just as many cultures as those studying for a semester. In just two weeks I traveled to 5 different countries, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands. While in Paris I climbed the Eiffel tower, in Germany I visited countless historical cathedrals, I ate my weight in waffles and chocolate while in Belgium, saw the Swiss Alps and navigated my way through the crazy city of Amsterdam when I stayed in the Netherlands. Besides the traveling and all the experiences, what attracted me to this program was how it was it was targeted towards business students. Not only was I able to study abroad, but I was able to do so while earning credits towards my major as well as having the opportunity to attend many different corporate visits. Some of the places I visited were EBay, RTL Television, Parliament and the Supreme Court. Without all of the planning and coordination from Sacred Heart I wouldn’t have been able to fit in as much as I did in just two short weeks. I wouldn’t trade the memories, friendships and experiences I had while studying abroad for the world. Visiting Luxembourg not only helped me grow as a person, but it helped me achieve my dream of traveling the world. I highly recommend studying abroad because it is an experience you won’t regret.

Rachel Claroni | Nursing

Rachel ClaroniItaly - John Cabot University

I studied abroad in Rome at John Cabot University. I met people from all across the United States as well as all over Europe. I traveled to the south coast of Italy, Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Florence, and the south coast of France. I had an unforgettable experience, and definitely look forward to traveling back to Europe soon!



Kaitlyn Kreitzman | Graphic Design

Kaitlyn KreitzmanIreland – SHU in Dingle

Traveling to Dingle was an absolutely incredible experience. At first I was a little nervous to be going to another country on my own, but as soon as I got there it felt right at home. The friends I made were the best part because during those two weeks in Ireland we all bonded and had the best time. One experience I will never forget was the day we went horseback riding and there were beautiful mountains around us and it started to rain a little but stopped very shortly after and a huge rainbow opened up from the sky. We were literally horseback riding under a rainbow, I am not sure how many people can say that has happened to them but it was just beautiful. So much of what we saw was untouched land and just beautiful mountains and really made you appreciate the planet for what it is naturally. The Irish culture was so wonderful to experience and live in. This trip made me want to experience many more cultures and places and I am definitely blessed to have gotten to start my travels in Dingle.

Winifred Maloney | History

Winifred MaloneyIreland – SHU in Dingle

Through my experience during my time abroad, I made new friends and became more confident in my ability to find my way around a new place. While I knew my new friends from around campus, we truly became friends instead of someone you just smile at in the hallway. Stepping out of my comfort zone with people who were doing the exact same thing helped me bond instantly with these familiar faces. Before I studied abroad, I was always reliant on someone else to find out how to get where we were going, but during my trip I was more assertive and began taking on that responsibility myself. This confidence helped me get around other new cities and I now have a more adventurous attitude towards being in an unfamiliar place.

Kelsey Burke | Psychology

Kelsey BurkeBimini – Dolphin Communication Project
Ireland – Pre-fall “Heart in Ireland”

My name is Kelsey Burke and I am a Junior at Sacred Heart University. Upon entering my freshman year, I participated in the pre-fall program in Dingle, Ireland with Dr. Reid. Engaging in this experience with other incoming freshman made it all the more fun. Together we explored the peninsula of Dingle and learned about Irish culture. Also, right after my sophomore year, I signed up for the Dolphin Communication Project in Bimini, Bahamas with Dr. Yeater. In this course, we studied Atlantic Spotted Dolphins and Bottlenose Dolphins. This program required us to use our backgrounds in biology and psychology to examine the ecology and behaviors of these mammals. We also took every opportunity to explore Bimini. During our adventures we found various animals, interesting people, and extraordinary food. Taking these opportunities to study abroad has allowed me to experience and appreciate other cultures and has fueled my desire to travel.

Allison Rivellini | Marketing

Allison RivelliniIreland - SHU in Dingle

My name is Allison Rivellini, I am a Junior at Sacred Heart. I went to Dingle, Ireland for the two week summer program in May 2014. It was such an incredible and life changing experience. I met so many new and amazing people and shared once in a lifetime experiences with them that I will never forget. From hiking up a mountain to biking through Killarney’s national park, I loved every minute of my time in Ireland. I can’t wait to travel more in the future and hope to spend a semester abroad in the spring.

Michael Barden | Spanish

Michael BardenSpain - CCIS International College of Seville

Hello, my name is Michael Barden and I am a Senior at Sacred Heart University. In the Spring Semester of 2014, I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Seville, Spain. Studying abroad opened up so many doors for me. It was an honor to learn a new culture, learn a new language, and meet new people. Studying abroad in Spain is the best thing that I have done in my four years here at Sacred Heart University.


Anthony Altomaro | Accounting

Anthony AltomaroItaly - John Cabot University

I studied abroad my junior year in Rome Italy, 2013. I was very nervous, but once I landed and got the hang of things, I enjoyed my experience tremendously. The more I traveled, the more I wanted to stay in Europe and not go back home. Studying abroad changed my life forever.



Lindsey Tesorero | Nursing

Lindsay TesoreroIreland - SHU in Dingle

I studied abroad in Dingle for two weeks in the summer and was the best decision I made and an experience I will never forget. During those two weeks I made so many friends and had so many incredible experiences. My favorite thing I did while there was getting my hands blessed at the holy well along with the rest of my nursing classmates.  I took a nursing class and we did clinical in hospitals which was a once in a lifetime experience. The people there are so nice and Dingle is the most beautiful place I have ever been. The views you see while walking around are unforgettable and the culture was so amazing. There is always something going on at night and there was never a boring moment. I am so thankful to have had this amazing experience and am already planning a trip back to Dingle!

Joey Carrubba | Business Management

Joey CarrubbaLuxembourg – SHU in Luxembourg
Ireland – SHU in Dingle

My name is Joey Carrubba. I believe you are lucky enough if you ever have the opportunity to study abroad at least once during your four years as an undergraduate student. I am blessed because as a Junior, I have already studied abroad twice! During my freshman year I studied in Ireland. I was the only freshman that applied so I was a little intimidated, but I didn’t let that stop me. I had a desire to travel and see the world for my first time. Doing this with other college students made the transition to adapting to another country easy and the memories I created were full of learning about how I can become stronger in my major as a management and marketing student by learning about another culture. These experiences were so meaningful to me, that during my sophomore year I applied to study abroad for my second time in Luxembourg. Seeing another part of the world, I was able to compare the two different cultures I studied in Europe, and compare them to the way we live our lives in the United States. As a business student, I believe studying abroad and experiencing other cultures can help improve anyone’s intercultural communication and their success in the business world. If you want to know more about my fun times abroad or are interested in studying in Ireland or Luxembourg, don’t hesitate to contact me at I promise you won’t regret leaving your comfort zone, and studying in either Ireland or Luxembourg.