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.


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.


Allison Rivellini | Marketing

Allison RivelliniIreland - SHU in Dingle

My name is Allison Rivellini, I am a senior 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.


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!


Kathryn Cahill | English

Kathryn CahillIreland - SHU in Dingle

Studying abroad is one of the best things I have ever done and I would recommend it to anyone who is considering going. In the beginning I was not sure about it, but after my friend convinced me I decided to go. Not only do you learn in a whole new setting, make new friendships and experience another culture entirely, you truly grow as a person and find an appreciation for travelling, people and different ways of life. Studying abroad is something I recommend for everyone if it were possible and I would do it over and over again.

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!



Nichole Frederick | Marketing

Nichole FrederickIreland - SHU in Dingle

My name is Nichole Frederick and over winter break I attended the SHU in Dingle study abroad program. I am a junior at Sacred Heart University and a marketing major. I am also a member of Delta Zeta sorority and am in the current running to become their president. In Dingle I took the Marketing and Tourism class with Professor McGovern. I really enjoyed learning the difference between the way businesses in Ireland market their items and themselves versus the way America does. My favorite part of the entire trip was celebrating New Year’s Eve in another country. It reminded me of celebrating in a place such as New York City although it was not nearly as crowded. I also fell in love with the rolling hills and constantly beautiful scenery that seemed to be anywhere and everywhere I looked. Over all my study abroad trip was nothing short of life changing and I would love to help others have just as an amazing time as I did.