Meet the Global Ambassadors
Marisa Caruso | Biology
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.
Jaclyn Alpert | Psychology
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!
Sarah Aanonsen | Chemistry
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.
Elizabeth Bouchard | Biology
I always thought I wanted to study abroad, but I had to ask myself, do I want a different academic and culture setting? Did I want to discover more about myself and who I was as a person? My answer to both of these questions was “yes”. So this was a dream come true studying abroad. This trip to Dingle, Ireland was a chance to study in a foreign country. I was able to learn so much and get more out of my study abroad experience by being immersed in this culture. I took the late spring semester for two weeks to get my feet wet. I must say, I can’t wait to go back and stay for a whole semester. The course I studied introduced me to discover new methods of studying and research. What I learned you would not have been able to get the same experience back at SHU. Being in Dingle, I accomplished a lot. Besides getting credits and the academic knowledge, I gained friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.
Joshua Scaringe | Sports Marketing
My study abroad experience was the best experience I have ever had in my entire life. This was my first time out of the country and I loved it! I met a lot of new friends that I now stay in touch with and can see on campus during the school year. Ireland is such a beautiful country and I never will regret deciding to go abroad to study for 2 weeks in Dingle, Ireland. The course I took was Sports Marketing and it was one of the best courses I have ever taken because of the actual hands on things we did while we were in the classroom. We actually worked with a local sports team and made marketing suggestions to them to use. The scenery of Ireland is so different from America and it was such a pleasure to see it every morning when I walked to class. The activities that were planned for us were outstanding and gave me a chance to see things in Ireland I would have never known about. I loved going to Dingle and can't wait to go back soon!
Ireland | Pre-Fall Heart in Ireland
Joe Laspina | Communications and Media Studies
I have found my study abroad experiences to be very beneficial. The first thing I did before starting school was the Pre-Fall program in Dingle Ireland. This was a very good thing for me, as it helped make the transition to college easier and allowed me to meet other freshman like myself. Through my first travel abroad experience I gained friends who I still remain in contact with. Dingle was a very beautiful place to travel to. From the Great Blasket Island to the Skellig Michael, the sights I saw were unbelievable and unforgettable. Also I found the whole atmosphere in Ireland to be very different. Everybody seemed to be kinder and more open to others.
Gabriella Pulice | Exercise Science
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.
Natalie Cioffari | Media Studies
Before coming to Sacred Heart University, I knew I wanted to study abroad in Italy for a full semester. With the help of the excellent staff of the Global Affairs office and the program they presented to me, they were able to make that dream a reality of mine. Studying abroad was easily the best experience I've ever had. The campus was small, but I've never felt a larger community. I stayed in a small and quaint town right outside of all the tourism of Rome, and it was amazing to think that 10 minutes away from my dorm was the Vatican. I fell in love with the city. Being in Italy for 4 months got me out of my comfort zone, it allowed me to travel to beautiful cities and countries, and it really gave me an amazing sense and view of the world around us. Whether you're interested in a full semester or even just a couple of weeks during the summer, I highly suggest you look into it because you will not regret it; you'll be making the right choice.
Michelle Scatamacchia | History
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
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.
Marissa Binuya | Accounting
My name is Marissa Binuya. I decided to sign up for the sign up to study abroad on whim, and I have no regrets. The experience that I had exceeded from my expectations. Europe was a county that I always wanted to visit, when I found out that there was a study abroad program located in Luxembourg, I knew I had to sign up. Although I wished I was able to stay longer I do cherish the experience, friendships and memories I made in two weeks I was abroad.
Spain | CIEE in Alicante
Madison Losure | Marketing & Spanish
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
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.
Caitlyn Dolphin | Psychology
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.
Sarah DeNisco | Media Studies & Political Science
I am officially wanderlust. 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.
Katie O’Reilly | Marketing
Studying abroad has been the most amazing thing I’ve ever done so far in my life. It truly is a once in a lifetime experience. From travelling To Croatia or Amsterdam on the weekends to finding lifelong friends, it’s an experience that I am forever grateful for. I thought going into London since I really only knew one person that I wouldn’t make many friends, but this is not the case. Everyone is in the same boat, many people don’t know anyone and you have a special bond with these friends that you won’t have with any of your others. It’s a rare friendship but a genuine one, when you meet someone and three weeks later you’re on a flight to Dublin together. There’s so much to do in London, at Regents University you’re right off Baker Street, which is in the heart of London. From the markets and parks to the nightclubs and eccentric people, I miss London so much and can’t wait to be back.