By: Megan Palumbo and Dana Sutcliffe – Sports Editor and 1851 staff
It’s #internationalwomensday and we’re celebrating girl power! 1851 staff Megan Palumbo and Dana Sutcliffe got in contact with Lasell junior Allie Talarico, who is currently studying abroad at Franklin University in Lugano, Switzerland. Talarico has been enjoying her time exploring a different part of the world, and wants to share what it’s been like being a woman overseas.
Photo courtesy of: Allie Talarico
“This is a photo my friend took of me in Siena, Italy. It was so stunning and surreal to look out over the countryside and be reminded that I was truly here, and that I was able to make studying abroad possible because I worked hard, saved all the money to fund the trip on my own, and had the incredible support of my family and my mom especially. This is one of the best life decisions I’ve ever made and I feel like I’m growing immensely here. Traveling abroad as a woman and as someone who has never traveled anywhere outside of the East coast has had its daunting moments, like the times we’ve gotten lost or had to go to the hospital, but the friends I’ve made and the adventures I’ve gone on so far are priceless. I’ve met so many people and so many women with beautiful, diverse stories about where they come from all over the world, what they’re studying, and who they want to be and what they want to do with their lives. It is so inspiring.”
By Emily Kochanek – News Editor
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Lasell and the Donahue Institute hosted Stefany Shaheen and her two daughters Elle and Annah. Shaheen, known for her mother, New Hampshire US Senator Jeanne Shaheen who recently won reelection against former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, visited to share her own accomplishments and present reasons why women should be politically active. Shaheen has recently won a seat on Portsmouth’s city council and has previously held the position as chair for the New Hampshire Commission on the Status of Women.