Meet the Ambassadors

‌Meet the Global Ambassadors

 
 
China | Business in China

Leslie Taveras-TorresLeslie Taveras-Torres | Marketing

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!

 

India | SHU in India

Sarah DeNiscoSarah DeNisco | Media Studies & Political Science

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.

 

Ireland | SHU in Dingle

Marisa Caruso | Biology

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.


Joey CarrubbaJoey Carrubba | Business Management

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.


Jaclyn AlpertJaclyn Alpert | Psychology

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!


Kevin DukeKevin Duke | Economics & Finance

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.





Sarah AanonsenSarah 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.


Theresa BertolinoTheresa BertolinoNursing

Studying Abroad was the best decision I made throughout my college experience. Cliché I know, but still true. I was able to spend the summer session in Dingle, Ireland studying Leadership in nursing which included a clinical in the hospitals of Ireland! It presented me with fantastic, once in a lifetime opportunities that have changed my perspectives on life and expanded my goals and expectations of myself. Now, I plan on incorporating travel and education into my future whenever I can, including in my career and learning more about myself in relation to this big, wide world around me.



Elizabeth BouchardElizabeth 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 ScaringeJoshua 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 LaspinaJoe 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. The other study abroad experience I went on was SHU in Luxembourg. Luxembourg is a very different place compared to Dingle. Both experiences were amazing though. What I loved about Luxembourg is that I didn't feel like I was contained in one place. It was great to be able to travel to both Germany and France. All three places had their own unique atmosphere to them which I found to be so interesting.

 

Italy | John Cabot University

Alissa GiansantiAlissa Giansanti | Marketing

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-TorresLeslie Taveras-Torres | Marketing

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!


Alyssa BonacumAlyssa Bonacum | Health Science

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!



Joe MassaroJoe Massaro | Communications and Media Studies

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 PuliceGabriella 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 CioffariNatalie CioffariMedia 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. And please, do not hesitate to contact me!

 

Italy | Freshman Fall in Rome

Anuska BhandariAnuska Bhandari | Biology

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!


 

Luxembourg | SHU in Luxembourg

Ryan CoghillRyan Coghill | Marketing

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 CarrubbaJoey Carrubba | Business Management

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.


Nick Fairley | Economics & Finance

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.


Michelle ScatamacchiaMichelle 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 SmithRachel 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.







Joe LaspinaJoe 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. The other study abroad experience I went on was SHU in Luxembourg. Luxembourg is a very different place compared to Dingle. Both experiences were amazing though. What I loved about Luxembourg is that I didn't feel like I was contained in one place. It was great to be able to travel to both Germany and France. All three places had their own unique atmosphere to them which I found to be so interesting.


Marissa BinuyaMarissa 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.





Tayler TorresTayler Torres | Sports Management

My study abroad experience allowed me to experience traveling to a new country for the first time and learning how to adapt to different cities and customs in such a short period of time. It has also allowed me to gain experience in networking with others (within the study abroad program and in different countries) and has increased my interest in traveling more around the world.

 

 

Spain | CIEE in Alicante

Madison LosureMadison 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 MartinoCarly 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.

 

United Kingdom | Regent's University in London

Caitlyn DolphinCaitlyn 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.


Tara DurkinTara Durkin | English

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.


Sarah DeNiscoSarah DeNisco | Media Studies & Political Science

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.


Katie O’ReillyKatie 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.