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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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. 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!

Ashley Wilson | Biology

Ashley WilsonItaly - Freshman Fall in Rome

Ciao! Mi Chiamo Ashley Wilson e ho dicianove anni (“Hi my name is Ashley Wilson and I’m 19 years old”). I am from Nantucket, Massachusetts. My intended major is biology with the hopes of going Pre-Med in the near future. My passions include softball, swimming, reading and writing. I am a very dedicated person and have held jobs since I was 13 years old. I work as a beach lifeguard in my hometown and I also work at the Juice Bar Homemade Ice Cream as an ice cream scooper and waffle cone maker. My favorite things to do are cook and run on the beach with my dogs.  I was a part of the Freshmen Fall in Rome program. I traveled to seven different countries including Croatia, The UK (England), France, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, and Germany. I also traveled to over 20 different cities. My favorite city in Italy was Florence or as the Italians would say Firenze. My favorite city outside of Italy was London, England.  My favorite place in Rome was the Coliseum.

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!

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.