Meet the Ambassadors

Meet the Ambassadors

Marissa Bollet | Criminal Justice & Psychology

‌Ireland - SHU in Dingle

My name is, Marissa Bollet; I am a Junior at Sacred Heart University, currently double majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology. I have a horse who comes up to school with me every year.  I studied abroad in Dingle, Ireland this past May. It was a wonderful experience. The people in Ireland are so genuinely kind. People will stop you on the road just to say some kind words. The area itself is beyond beautiful! Breathtaking really. I learned more on our field trips, than I ever will in the classroom! I took the RS315 course. I am very happy I did because my class was fortunate enough to meet a man of the Irish church, Brother Sean. He taught my class so much, I dedicated my final paper on our field trip with Brother Sean. Over all I had a wonderful time despite facing many challenges! I would definitely go back to Dingle!

 

Michelle Capazzi | Business Administration

‌Italy & Ireland – John Cabot University & SHU in Dingle

When I decided to study abroad in Italy I was excited but more nervous. Both my brother and sister studied in Italy so I felt almost obligated to follow in their footsteps. I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into and I had never been over 4 thousand miles away by myself, the most I’m used to is an hour away from home when I’m at school. My semester in Italy ended up being the best semester of my college career and the best experience in my life. The friends I made are closer than family and the travels we embarked on are memories of a lifetime. I would encourage everyone and anyone to study abroad for any length of time. Being able to pick up any weekend and choose any country to go to was a onetime experience that I will cherish forever.

Studying in Ireland was another great experience. I had no idea how much we would fit into just two weeks of being there. Touring the southern parts of Ireland was exactly what I pictured it would be and more. We were truly immersed in the cute town of Dingle, Ireland. Words can’t describe it and pictures don't give it justice, but studying aboard was an experience of a lifetime that I will never forget.

 

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.

 

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!

 

Stephanie Frye | Accounting

Ireland - SHU in Dingle

My experience was perfect! I went to Dingle in May and we were able to do so much because we had great weather.  It barely rained out so we were able to do boat rides and hill walks.  Along with that the class related to the Dingle community and we were able to help out a local sports team.  I have so many friends now that I know I will hang out with when the school year comes around.  The photo I took was taken at the Blasket Island and it is a picture of me feeding a wild donkey.  Visiting that island was my favorite part of the entire [program].  There were wild animals everywhere and seals circled the island and came up onto the beach at one point.  Learning about the history of Ireland is interesting because it is different from history classes. 

 

Julia Grimalli | Criminal Justice

Ireland - SHU in Dingle

I have never laughed so hard or for so long in my entire life, and it was those deep, hurt your stomach, make you cry type of laughs. That is the best way to sum of my study abroad experience; I met some amazing characters along with the way who taught me a thing or two about life and the Irish tradition.  Being a transfer student and commuter I wanted some form of the “college experience”, but by studying abroad I received so much more.  For anyone who is familiar with the Old Irish Blessing, it’s true, the road really does rise to meet you, and I have a feeling the Irish wind will always be at my back!

 

Katrina Rossi | Exercise Science

Ireland - SHU in Dingle

I am a senior Exercise Science student and I went to Dingle during the late spring semester of my junior year.  This was by far the best experience of my entire life and I wish I could go back tomorrow.  I came home having such a new perspective on life and the way I want to live the rest of my life.  I loved the hands-on experience that my professor provided for us, including attending a boot camp and a rowing practice in the Dingle Bay. I did more amazing things in two weeks than I ever had before, and I strongly encourage every student to study abroad anywhere at all if they get to opportunity to.  SHU has built an amazing study abroad program and I am so thankful for my time abroad.

 

Danielle Tomlin | Marketing

Ireland - SHU in Dingle

My name is Danielle Tomlin and I am a senior studying marketing.  This past spring I had the privilege to study abroad in Dingle, Ireland.  This was one of the most breathtaking and memorable experiences of my life.  Learning how another culture lives was very interesting and being in Ireland was exciting especially having relatives that still live there.  I took sports marketing and we spent a day at an all-boys elementary school where we taught them how to play American football and baseball as well as them teaching us rugby and Gaelic football.  This experience was unexplainable and I encourage everyone to at least do one abroad program.  The spring in Dingle was a perfect two weeklong program and I felt I learned so much in a short period.  Between learning inside and outside the classroom we were also fortunate enough to have field trips to see some of Ireland beautiful lands and islands.  I will never forget my study abroad experience and would love to go back and visit again in the future.

 

Casey Waser | Nursing

Ireland - SHU in Dingle

My name is Casey Waser, and I am a senior nursing student at Sacred Heart University. In the spring of 2013, I traveled to Dingle, Ireland for two weeks. During my stay I participated in NU-370 Nursing Leadership. To this day I still am in shock that I was lucky enough to experience this amazing country with its rich culture and beautiful surroundings. The friends I made while traveling are friends that will last me a lifetime, and the lessons I learned about myself as a person are invaluable. I climbed a mountain, kayaked in the ocean, visited historic sites, and totally immersed myself in the Irish culture. Traveling abroad to Ireland was the best thing I ever did for myself and I encourage every person to consider taking the leap and signing up for a study abroad program too! 

 

Cristina Mingione | Psychology

Italy - John Cabot University

My study abroad experience was nothing short of spectacular. I was nervous at first but quickly adjusted. Being able to live in such a beautiful historical city is something I will always be truly grateful for. The classes were also very interesting and fun, especially onsite classes which allow students to really learn about the history. A year has gone by, and not a day passes that something doesn’t remind me of studying in Rome. My friends that I met are now my closest friends and memories we made will stick with me forever. Traveling and having the liberty to embark on any journey possible with great friends and knowing the possibilities were endless was probably one of the most invigorating and exciting feelings I have ever felt. In a nutshell studying abroad is nerve wracking but at the same time adventurous, fun, refreshing, and unique.

 

 

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.