Meet the Ambassadors

‌Meet the Global 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.

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.

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. I promise you won’t regret leaving your comfort zone, and studying in either Ireland or Luxembourg. 

Sarah DeNisco | Media Studies & Political Science

Sarah DeNiscoLondon - Regent’s University
Winter: SHU in India

Two Sacred Heart study abroad trips later and I am officially wanderlust. I have studied in India during the winter of freshman year and in London, England at Regent’s University during the fall of sophomore year. In India, I took a two week photojournalism course in which a few students and I traveled to three different cities in order to create a photo documentary story. Being thrust into a culture so different than my own made me appreciate the beauty of diversity and the beauty of stepping outside of your comfort zone. In England, I stayed on a campus in the heart of London for the semester and was able to take classes with professors and students from all over the world. More so, I quickly became immersed in the British way of life and fell in love with living in an exciting city. Both of these experiences have been completely life changing—being able to experience 8 countries and over 15 cities in two years has developed me into a worldlier and more mature and self-assured person. After arriving home from each abroad experience, I had a significantly clearer idea of what direction I wanted my life to go in and a heightened sense of confidence and independence. For anyone that has the slightest urge to go abroad, hold on to that feeling and run with it. You will not regret the chance to have the best experiences of your life.

Alissa Giansanti | Marketing

Alissa GiansantiItaly - John Cabot University

In my twenty years of life, the greatest choice I made by far was the decision to study abroad. I packed my bags and got on a plane to live over 4,000 miles away from my comfort zone and my family for four months. Experiencing various different cultures, trying new foods, meeting new people and traveling all around the world allowed me to learn so much. In my four months abroad, I learned so much about the world, my major and myself. A six hour time difference and the often overwhelming language barrier proved difficult at times, but if given the chance, I would not have changed one single thing about my experience abroad. There is no better way to learn about yourself and what you are capable of than to take the risk to remove yourself from your comfort zone. There is an entire world of opportunities and adventure out there waiting to be experienced if you just make the choice to do so.

Leslie Taveras-Torres | Marketing

Leslie Taveras-TorresItaly - John Cabot University
Business in China

Studying abroad, simply put, gives you a chance to explore the world on your own terms. As a junior majoring in Marketing and Political Science, I’ve been abroad twice, and am already planning for more. I have been blessed to be able to travel to China for two weeks, and understand first-hand the differences when doing business in China. In my semester abroad in Italy, I was able to have once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, from attending mass with the Pope, to a conference with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Stepping out from my native country and comfort zone has provided an opportunity to learn from other cultures, make my own decisions, foster meaningful friendships, and expand my professional network. It has provided me with memories that no one will ever be able to put into words, and an insatiable hunger for knowledge and learning. Take a leap of faith, grow your resume and your soul, and study abroad! My life has been forever changed, and you shouldn’t let change scare you. I’ll be here to help the entire way!

Anuska Bhandari | Biology

Anuska BhandariItaly - Freshman Fall in Rome

Studying abroad for the first semester of college was the best decision I took. I met many new friends who will forever be close to me, travelled to many countries, and most importantly, this experience has influenced my life in many positive ways. No one will actually understand [this] until they study abroad themselves!


Jaclyn Alpert | Psychology

Jaclyn AlpertIreland - SHU in Dingle

Hi my name is Jaclyn Alpert and I am a junior here are Sacred Heart. I am a Psychology Major, with a double minor in Speech Language Pathology and Geriatric Health and Wellness. I studied abroad in Dingle. Ever since I was a freshman I was always interested in studying abroad, but a little nervous about whether or not I would like it. I can now say that studying abroad was one of the best decisions I have made at this university. This trip gave me the opportunity to experience Europe for the first time in my life, and I could not be happier that Dingle was the place I selected. Not only did I get to experience real Irish culture, I formed relationships with people on this trip that I am forever thankful for. During my time abroad, I accomplished so many different goals that I will be forever grateful for. This trip has caused me to fall in love with Europe, and now I cannot wait until my next adventure!

Alyssa Bonacum | Health Science

Alyssa BonacumItaly – John Cabot University

I had the amazing experience in studying abroad in Rome, Italy for the first summer session at John Cabot University. I have never been to Italy before and was unsure exactly what to expect. Rome is the most beautiful city with so many great opportunities to experience the town, culture, history, and amazing food! During my time studying in Rome I was enrolled in an Ancient Rome and its monuments class which allowed me to experience the history of Rome that I would have never done on my own. There is always something new to see and fun to do in this amazing, beautiful town which makes you never want to leave!

Caitlyn Dolphin | Psychology

Caitlyn DolphinUnited Kingdom – Regent’s University in London

When being asked how my study abroad experience was I can never get the right word out. Studying abroad is indescribable. Being there I experienced my best moments in my life. I traveled all over Europe with my newest and best friends. I even learned more about the US while being there. Every weekend was a new country or city that brought new and exciting adventures. I never thought I would be able to climb the Eiffel Tower, or take a boat ride in the Mediterranean. I met people all over the United States and learned that we share common interests even if they live thousands of miles from me. I will have memories and stories for the rest of my life and that is all because of my study abroad experience.

Kevin Duke | Economics & Finance

Kevin DukeIreland - SHU in Dingle

I had the absolute time of my life while still helping my major. Everybody was so friendly and I never would have thought the food in Ireland was going to be so delicious. I met some people that have made such an impact on me in only the short two weeks I had to meet them. Studying abroad is something is brag about to anyone and everyone because of how much fun i had there.



Tara Durkin | English

Tara DurkinUnited Kingdom – Regent’s University in London

My experience abroad is not something I can easily put into words and I don't think my words will ever do it justice. Living in London for four months was the most eye opening experience I've ever had. Getting to travel the world every weekend with girls who have become my best friends is something I will hold onto for the rest of my life. Getting to see things like the Cliffs of Moher, the Coliseum, the Vatican, the Eiffel Tower and so many other historic and iconic places is so incredible and humbling. The experience I had while studying abroad is something I will forever wish to get back. I cannot wait to continue traveling the world and getting to meet new people and see even more places.

Nick Fairley | Economics & Finance

Luxembourg – SHU in Luxembourg

I had a very positive experience studying abroad. I learned so much inside and outside the classroom. In the classroom I learned how marketing can differ from one country to another. A countries values and behaviors can influence how and why a certain company advertises a certain way. Outside the classroom I learned skills that will last me a lifetime. I gained a deeper appreciation for different foods, views, languages and attitudes. Another positive experience I had was meeting new members of the Sacred Heart community. The friends I made on this trip will stay with me for many years to come.

Madison Losure | Marketing & Spanish

Madison LosureSpain – CIEE in Alicante

As an athlete I was convinced it was impossible to be able to study abroad during my college career but I am so thankful that the office of global affairs showed me otherwise. My month in Spain was amazing in every way possible. If I wasn't hiking castles or diving in waterfalls with my class, I was home sharing stories with my host family or singing along to Frozen for the 100th time with my 5 year old host sister. Although I had only known the people in my program for a month it feels like we had been friends for a lifetime and have already made plans to come back for more beach days, tapas, and bull fights.

Carly Martino | Marketing

Carly MartinoSpain – CIEE in Alicante

I went to Spain with two suitcases not sure what to expect. My time abroad opened my eyes to see the world around me. The world is full of incredible places I yearn to see. This trip has also taught me so much about myself. It has taught me to step outside of my comfort zone and take chances. Go on spontaneous adventures, eat new food, travel as much as possible, immerse yourself in a new culture, get lost in a new city and so much more. My host family made my trip a lot easier and I am so thankful to have gained them as another family. And the best moments here in Spain weren't captured through a lens, but through my eyes and embedded into my memory. When I arrived in Spain, I was a tourist who barely knew the language or the culture and was getting lost around the city. And in my final days, I realized I had become a local who was so lucky to call Alicante home. And part of my heart will always stay there. My time in Spain was the best 4 months of my life and every day I miss it a little more.

Joe Massaro | Communications and Media Studies

Joe MassaroItaly – John Cabot University

My study abroad experience is one I will never forget. Once I stepped off the plane in Rome I knew I had chosen the right place. I was able to travel more than I ever had in my life, while along the way meeting people I will never forget and finding adventure in every place I traveled. Rome became my second home and the people there became my second family. The city won my heart, with its beauty, food, hospitality, and history. Being able to reach out and help high school kids in Italy through a program ran by John Cabot University, Italy Reads, truly was amazing and made me feel even more welcomed by the Italians. Those 4 months in Rome with my 3 roommates became one of the highlights of my college career and even life. This experience made me grow as a more confident, open minded, and appreciative person.

Gabriella Pulice | Exercise Science

Gabriella PuliceItaly – John Cabot University

Being 100% Italian I got to live my dream this summer and study in Rome. My time in Rome was more amazing than I could have ever imagined, when I first arrived I couldn’t believe I was actually there. The class aspect of my time abroad was a lot harder than I anticipated but with proper planning I got everything accomplished and had a fun time doing it. Living in such an ancient city for 5 weeks was unbelievable; I was walking through history every day sometimes without even realizing. Rome was so big I felt like I had so much to do in such little time but every day after class I got to explore with my friends and see everything I wanted to see, the Coliseum, the Spanish Steps, the Knights of Malta key hole, and more beautiful sunsets that I could’ve ever imagined which were indescribable. While studying in Rome we were able to travel to the Amalfi Coast, Pisa, London, and Barcelona all places where I was able to navigate around by public transportation with ease so we were able to visit everything we wanted to see on our long weekends. When the time came and I had to get into the cab for the airport on June 27th I was devastated to leave that experience behind. Just like the quote says “Traveling; it leaves you speechless then turns you into a story teller” –IBN Battuta, Rome definitely left me speechless but now I have so many stories about my journey to tell.

Michelle Scatamacchia | History

Michelle ScatamacchiaLuxembourg – SHU in Luxembourg

Studying abroad was the best decision I've made thus far. I made countless memories and created amazing friendships that I will cherish forever. I went out of my comfort zone and became a more independent, cultured and self-sufficient person. Studying abroad is one of the best opportunities one can become involved in. I learned a great amount of history, which only helped me gain further knowledge in my major. I've seen things that I've read about and dreamed of seeing. I definitely accomplished a lot in the two short weeks I was in Europe.


Rachel Smith | Marketing

Rachel SmithLuxembourg – SHU in Luxembourg

Study abroad was the best experience of my life. I went for two weeks to Luxembourg when I was a junior, and I wish I had done it sooner. Those two weeks exposed me to a life that I can't get enough of. Traveling the world with a big group of friends, what more could a person ask for? I wish I had the courage to go sooner, so I would have had enough time to do a whole semester abroad.



Sarah Aanonsen | Chemistry

Sarah AanonsenIreland - SHU in Dingle

My study abroad experience was incredible! When I applied, I was still unsure about it because of my anxieties with new social experiences. However, when my parents were all for it, I decided to go ahead and study in Dingle for two weeks, not knowing anyone else who applied. Immediately, I bonded with my housemates. Soon, I became close with both my friends in my cottage and from my class, Coastal Ecology of Ireland. I would tell myself every day how lucky I am not only to be on this trip but to have met such incredible people so quickly. I absolutely loved the class I chose to take because it meant going out into Dingle Harbor, Tralee, and other local areas to study the marine life, plant species, and fishing techniques. Every day, this class took us out and had us working hands-on with nature. This was probably my favorite part! The fact that I picked the one class where I was able to see such incredible views and experience some wild adventure is something I would never trade for anything.