SHU in Dingle Ambassadors

Fall - SHU In Dingle

Alexa Rodrigues - Exercise Science

Alexa Rodrigues

Exercise Science
My name is Alexa Rodrigues! I am from a small town in Massachusetts and am a junior at SHU. I studied abroad in Dingle, Ireland during the fall semester of 2019. I am an exercise science major in the DPT program with a minor in psychology! I am actively involved in Greek life as well as club figure skating and I love staying active and trying new things. Some hobbies I do outside of school are hiking, skiing and swimming. Study abroad taught me so much about myself and allowed me to create long-lasting memories!
Email Alexa: [email protected]
SHU in Dingle Ambassadors

Kristen Murray

Health Science
Hi I'm Kristen, I will be a junior at SHU this year and I am a Health Science major. I live in Babylon, NY and Sacred Heart is my home away from home. I studied abroad in Dingle, Ireland during the fall 2018 semester and I can truly say it was the best experience in my entire life. I am a thrill seeker so I love trying new things and being adventurous. Studying abroad has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and learn some many new things not only in the classroom but about myself as well. I love to travel so going to Ireland and about 6 other countries was a dream come true.
Email Kristen: [email protected]
Sophia DeFalco - Health Science

Sophia DeFalco

Health Science
Hi! My name is Sophia DeFalco and I am a junior at Sacred Heart University! I'm a Health Science major and I studied abroad during the fall of my sophomore year in 2019. I studied abroad in Dingle, Ireland and had the greatest experience there! I had the opportunity to visit so many places, made lifelong friends and learn so much about myself. Being adventurous is a part of me that has definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone! Other than traveling, on my free time I really enjoy the beach, hanging out with friends and meeting new friends!
Email Sophia: [email protected]
Sofia Appel: Exercise Science

Sofia Appel

Exercise Science
My name is Sofia Appel I am from Queens, New York. I am an exercise science major in the DPT Program with a minor in global health. I love spending time outdoors whether I am going for a hike or at the beach. I studied abroad in Ireland for the Fall 2019 semester and had the amazing opportunity to visit 6 other countries throughout Europe during the semester. While at Sacred Heart I am an active member in Greek life and multiple community service programs.
Email Sofia: [email protected]
Chenchen Cui - Health Science

Chenchen Cui

Health Science
Hi! My name is Chenchen Cui and I am a Junior at Sacred Heart University. I am majoring in Health Science and minoring in Psychology. I studied abroad last year Fall semester to Dingle, Ireland. They have great courses offered especially to Health Science major students, such as Anatomy and Physiology and Statistics! I really enjoy outdoor activities, and when I was in Ireland, we went hiking, riding horses, and cycling! I am also a food lover, and I enjoyed traditional Irish foods, such as fish and chips! I chose to study abroad because I think it is interesting to learn about different cultures. Studying abroad is not only a great way to broaden your eyesight but also make new friends!
Email: [email protected]
Caitlin Beranger - Exercise Science

Caitlin Beranger

Exercise Science
My name is Caitlin Beranger and I studied abroad in Dingle, Ireland during my sophomore fall semester. I am a senior exercise science major and I am from Needham, Massachusetts. At Sacred Heart I am part of the exercise science club, Pinky Swear Pack, and the club lacrosse team. I enjoy sports, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. My semester in Ireland was the most fun, eye-opening, and happiest four months of my life and I would love to be able to help others find a program that suits them. Studying abroad helped me to gain independence, a more open outlook on life, and many new friends.
Email: [email protected]

Spring - SHU in Dingle

Emma Drzewiecki

Exercise Science
Hi, I’m Emma, a senior Exercise Science major and I studied abroad in Dingle, Ireland! A fact about me is I love penguins and the folks of Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium truly backed this as they supported me in my passion for penguins. From marching in the st Patrick’s day parade as a penguin to letting me meet the penguins themselves they truly represent the heart and kindness of the Dingle community and Irish spirit!

Alessandra Engengro

Media Arts
Hello! My name is Ally and I studied in Dingle, Ireland (aka my second home now). I studied during the spring semester of my Junior year and took classes for my degree in Media Arts: Film & Television. I have a passion for theatre and the arts and love to combine this with my degree in media. Dingle was a great experience as I got to explore field production with the creation of a few short films and a documentary. I also got to help several companies in the town with their social media/marketing for their products! I was able to dive into my passion and create whilst in Dingle while also adventuring through the beautiful country of Ireland. Experiencing a life abroad has shaped my life for the better and has inspired me to keep discovering where I could express my passion for media and the arts in different cultures and environments.

Kerri Holden

Social Work
Hi! My name is Kerri Holden and I am a Junior Social Work major minoring in Psychology. On campus I am involved in Alpha Delta Pi sorority and Social Work club. In the spring of 2022, I was blessed with the opportunity to study abroad in beautiful Dingle, Ireland. Dingle taught me so much about myself and gave me some of the best opportunities and friends of my life. I have always loved to travel, so embarking on this journey was something I will never forget. While abroad, I was able to see new countries I have never seen including Italy, Spain, Portugal and England and fall in love with exploring the world all over again. My time away was something I hold near and dear to my heart, and I hope everyone gets to experience such an amazing journey!

Katherine Fitzpatrick

Psychology & Criminal Justice
Hi! My name is Katherine Fitzpatrick! I am a junior at Sacred Heart from Long Island, New York! I am a double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice with a minor in honors. On campus I am a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority and a Honors Peer Mentor. I had the opportunity to spend the spring 2022 semester in Dingle, Ireland. I am forever grateful for being able to study in Dingle and step out of my comfort zone to be able to experience some of the best months of my life. Dingle is a lovely town on the West coast of Ireland full of good food, wonderful people, and great craic! I am proud to say that towards the end of the semester the Sacred Heart students were fully accumulated to life in Ireland with the help of the amazing locals. In my study abroad semester, I was able to see the peninsula of Dingle, Galway, The Cliffs of Moher, and London with Sacred Heart. On my spring break I had the opportunity to travel to Rome, the Amalfi Coast, and Madrid! I am so happy to be a Global Ambassador and share my experience in Dingle, as well as encourage all of you to step out of your comfort zone!

Marissa Diiulio

Psychology & Criminal Justice
My name is Marissa and I am a double major in criminal justice and psychology with a minor in film, TV, and media. I am also apart of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and the SHU Dance Ensemble. I studied abroad in Dingle, Ireland during my Spring 2022 semester. Dingle is an amazing small town that truly changed my life. The semester program allowed me to become part of the culture and town. In Ireland, I got to take several classes that pertained to my minor, so a lot of my coursework pertains to making short films and videos. I love to travel so having the semester to fully entertain my passion was truly amazing. I met so many amazing people, both within the program and town, and I miss it every day.

Meghan Burke

My name is Meghan Burke and I am a senior biology major with an honors minor on the pre-physician assistant track! I came to sacred heart with hopes of studying abroad and I was finally able to do so spring of my junior year. Choosing to study in Dingle was one of the best decisions of my life. Living in Dingle I felt right at home and was welcomed by everyone in the community. While abroad I was able to travel to England, Spain, Italy, Croatia and Czech Republic. I fell in love with traveling and learning about new cultures and would highly recommend it to everyone!

Richard Principe

Pre-Med, Neuroscience
My name is Ricky, and I studied abroad in Dingle, Ireland for the semester-long Spring program in 2022. I am a pre-med neuroscience major and am also involved in other organizations on campus, such as Student Government and in Greek life as a member of Beta Theta Pi. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends and finding new experiences. I also enjoy exercising and playing video games. Study abroad changed my perspective on the world, and the ability to experience so many new places really impacted who I am as a person. I recommend everyone consider studying abroad, it is possible to fit it into any schedule or degree program.

Sophia Kostiw

Media Arts
My name is Sophia Kostiw, I am currently a senior and a Media Arts Major. I studied abroad in Dingle Ireland, for the entire spring semester in 2022, and it was the most amazing experience to say the least. As a media arts major, following my course of study in Ireland has given me a different outlook and vision for the art of film. Class time was more hands-on and immersive. Traveling abroad and getting immersed in a new culture taught me that the world has so much to offer. Studying overseas gave me a greater understanding of the world around me and taught me to appreciate the little things. The memories and friends I have made are irreplaceable. Life is short, if you have the opportunity to study abroad and experience the world, do it!

Sydney Trowbridge

Criminal Justice
Hi guys! My name is Sydney Trowbridge and I am a junior here at SHU, and I studied abroad in Dingle, Ireland for the Semester program in spring 2022. I am a Criminal Justice major with a Political Science minor, and my goal is to attend law school after I graduate. On campus, I am also involved in our student ambassador program. Study abroad gave me so many amazing opportunities and introduced me to so many wonderful people that I wanted to share my experience with everyone. Study abroad was one of the greatest choices I have made at SHU and I hope I get the chance to go back some day!

Elizabeth Salley

STEM for Elementary Education
Hi! My name is Elizabeth and I am a senior STEM Major for Elementary Education from Newtown, Connecticut! I was able to study abroad in Dingle, Ireland in the Spring semester of 2022. On campus I am involved in Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, the Student Ambassador program and the Academic Mentoring Program. I love doing anything outdoors like hiking or kayaking, and also traveling- all of which I was able to do during my time in Dingle! During the semester I was able to travel to Galway, London, Rome, Paris, Prague and Amsterdam! I was able to try so many new things during my semester that I would never have had a chance to do and I would not trade my experiences for anything!

Zack Gaireo

I studied abroad in Dingle, Ireland for the spring semester of 2022. I see myself as a very outgoing and adventurous individual, and the chance to study abroad was one I was so thankful that I could take. Studying abroad shaped me into the person I am today, and I want to help people find their home away from home!

Spring (Nursing) - SHU in Dingle

Ryan Powers

My name is Ryan, and I am excited to share the highlights of my semester study abroad experience in Dingle, Ireland! I am a current Junior from Attleboro, Massachusetts, studying Nursing with a minor in Nutrition. On campus I am a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Student Nurses Association and a DHCON Classroom Learning Assistant. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, skiing, going to the beach, and traveling. I am looking forward to working as a Global Ambassador this semester to show just how special SHU in Dingle really is!

Stephanie Iriarte

Hi, my name is Stephanie Iriarte and I am a junior nursing major from Trumbull, CT. This past spring semester I was given the opportunity to study in Dingle, Ireland. I am passionate about helping others, thrifting clothes, reading and exercising! I loved studying abroad, as it helped me find myself and learn how to be truly independent. There were so many things to do, so many people to meet, and many memories to make. I truly had the best time of my life and I wouldn't trade that time for the world!

Cara Mcdonald

Hi! My name is Cara, I am a junior from Massachusetts and I studied abroad in Dingle, Ireland in spring 2022. I am a nursing major with a Spanish and honors minor. Ireland was a fantastic experience and I learned so much about myself and made so many new friendships. In addition to exploring Dingle I went to other countries around Europe. I grew as a person from just one semester and I would recommend Dingle to anyone because of the location, people, food, and adventures! On campus I am on the rowing team and love anything outdoors like hiking, running, or going to the beach.

Abby Cofsky

Hi! My name is Abby and I am a junior from central Massachusetts. I am majoring in nursing and double minoring in honors and psychology. At Sacred Heart, I am a student ambassador, nursing peer mentor, secretary of the American Sign Language club, and a member of the SHU Medical Reserve Corps. I love to hike and spend my free time doing anything outdoors! I had the opportunity to study in Dingle, Ireland for the spring 2022 semester. It was an unforgettable semester with beautiful views on the peninsula, delicious food, and welcoming local friends. I also travelled to London, Spain, and Italy during my time abroad. I am beyond thankful for the memories I left with, and I look forward to going back to make more.

Kasey Cottrell

Hi I’m Kasey Cottrell and I am a junior nursing student with an honors minor, and I’m from Park Ridge, New Jersey. I studied abroad in Dingle, Ireland for the Spring semester of my sophomore year. I am a member of Chi Omega and the Student Nurses Association. Studying abroad was the best decision of my life! From singing in pubs, to surfing at Inch beach, to traveling around Europe for spring break, I made memories that will last a lifetime. I got to explore the town of Dingle with some of my best friends, and immersed myself in Irish culture. I ate good food, made great friends, and became a part of the Dingle community. I am so excited to be a global ambassador to share my experience and encourage others to go abroad as well!

Francesca Catrone

My name is Francesca Catrone, but most people call me Frankie! I am a Junior Nursing major with a minor in Honors and Nutrition and am from Cedar Grove, New Jersey. I am involved on campus in our Student Ambassador program, Theater Arts Program, Dance Ensemble, American Sign Language Club and Chi Omega Fraternity. I studied abroad at our campus in Dingle, Ireland for the spring 2022 semester! Getting to experience Dingle has been such a memorable part of my time so far at SHU, and I can’t wait to share those experiences with you! During my time abroad I was able to visit several cities throughout Ireland, as well as throughout Italy, France and Portugal. I love meeting new people, trying new things, as well as spending time with friends and family!

Sydney Barone

My name is Sydney Barone and I am from the Hudson Valley, New York. I am a class of 2024 nursing major with a nutrition minor. I studied my spring 2022 semester in Dingle, Ireland! On campus, I am a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and I participate in the SNA Program. I enjoy going to the gym, traveling, outdoor activities and spending time with my friends and family. I was interested in the semester in Dingle because I wanted to expand my knowledge of culture within and outside of the nursing practice while traveling and having new experiences. Luckily, I did just that!

Summer - SHU in Dingle

Chloe Lal - Exercise Science

Chloe Lal

Exercise Science
Hello! My name is Chloe Lal and I'm super excited to be a part of the 2019-2020 Global Ambassador Program! I am a junior majoring in Exercise Science on the DPT 4+3 track with a minor in Dance. In addition to being a Global Ambassador, I am also the President of the Pre-Physical Therapy Club, a member of the SHU Dance Company, a Peer Mentor for the College of the Health Professions, and a member of the Exercise Science Club. The two places I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to study abroad in were Bari, Italy (Summer 2018) with 15 other members of the SHU Dance Company, and Dingle, Ireland (Summer 2019) both of which were two week programs full of unforgettable experiences and memories. If you are interested in studying abroad or have questions, please feel free to reach out to me or any of the Global Ambassadors! I can't wait to hear from you!
Email: [email protected]
Nicola Paerg - Strategic Communications and Public Relations

Nicola Paerg

Strategic Communications and Public Relations
My name is Nicola Paerg and I am a Senior Communications student at Sacred Heart. My concentration is Advertising and PR and my minor is management. I studied abroad the summer of my freshman year for two weeks in Dingle Ireland. Over there I took a sports marketing course. It was an incredible experience academically and regularly. In my course I had the opportunity to work with my peers on a project where we designed products for the local rugby team. We learned all about the culture and the nature of the game, and had the opportunity to teach middle school children the nuances of American sports games as well. Additionally, we had the opportunities to explore the town, learning the history and absorbing its beauty. We lived at the pace of their country and enjoyed every moment of it. I would go back in a heartbeat.
Email: [email protected]

Winter - SHU in Dingle

Grace Sullivan - Health Science (Concentration in Public Health)

Grace Sullivan

Health Science (Concentration in Public Health)
Hello! My name is Grace Sullivan and I am from Colchester, CT! I am a Health Science major with a double minor in Speech Language Pathology as well as Music. I am a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Peer Ministry Team, 4 Heart Harmony and the Multicultural Council as the event coordinator! I have three dogs and love to spend my free time cooking, being outdoors, or spending time with my friends. My study abroad experience was short and sweet, but it was everything I could have wanted and more! In Dingle, Ireland the food is amazing, the community is kind and the culture is phenomenal! My two weeks in the southern peninsula gave me friends for a lifetime and filled my heart with everlasting memories!
Email: [email protected]