LAURIE MICHAELSON -- Hello! I am a graduate student at UF in the College of Journalism, working towards my master's in advertising. I went to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and got my BA in Religious and Cultural Studies. I am a self-taught photographer who loves to travel the world. During undergrad, I studied abroad in Tanzania, Africa and created my first international photo story. I cannot wait to get to Berlin to start taking photographs, and meet everyone.

MICHELLE ASHWORTH -- Hey! I am a 23-year-old senior journalism major and a family, youth and community sciences minor. My area of focus is design, but I also love photography. I looked for the right study abroad program for a couple months before choosing this trip to Berlin. I can't wait to take amazing photos and experience a new culture. I recently traveled to Costa Rica, but I have never been to Europe. I couldn't be more excited!

AMANDA ADAMS -- I'm a 20-year-old journalism major with minors in English, Portuguese and Spanish.  I love learning new languages, experiencing different cultures and traveling.  I feel like the world changes when I look through a camera lens, and I love that.  I'm from Palm Beach and have visited France and England before but never Germany.  I can't wait to explore this fascinating city.

MARISSA PRIETO -- Hey guys! I'm a 19-year-old journalism major and this is my second year at UF.  I'm from Fort Lauderdale, just a few hours south of Gainesville. This is my first time taking a photography class and I'm anxious to get started up in the spring. I love to travel and for the past two summers I have been lucky enough to spend at least two weeks travelling in different countries in Europe. I have been to Berlin once before, but seeing as it was only for two days, I'm really looking forward to spending an extended period of time there.  I'm also excited to spend my 20th birthday on our first day in Berlin!

SHEMUEL ARRINDELL -- Hey, I'm a 21-year-old third-year journalism major with a minor in history. I love to travel and gain/capture new experiences using my camera. Photojournalism is my passion and I hope this trip will teach me ways to improve my photography. This trip will be my first study aboard trip as well as my first time in Germany. I'm looking forward to working with you guys and enjoying the time we have together.
MATTHEW RIVA -- Hola! I'm a 17-year-old journalism major with a concentration in photojournalism (even though it should be a legit separate major). I've been to Europe twice before, and once to Germany. Although I don't speak German, this trip is going to be the best part of my summer, and I'll be joining Marissa in celebrating my b-day overseas. I can't wait to travel Berlin with everyone and take some pictures!
NICOLE CRISP -- Hey everyone!  I'm a 21-year-old junior majoring in journalism, with a minor in business administration.  I lived in Germany for six years when I was much younger so I'm really excited to use this opportunity to refresh my memory of the country and the language.  I've always liked taking pictures and I'm hoping to continue doing it professionally in the future.  I'm still learning, so I'm hoping to gain a lot from this trip and everyone I'm traveling with.  Bis bald!
MARCELA SUTER -- I am a 20-year-old journalism major with a minor in international development and humanitarian assistance. My goal is to become a humanitarian photographer. I love traveling and being exposed to different cultures. I am very exited about going to Berlin this summer. I just wish we could stay longer! 

DAVID GARDNER -- I'm a 20-year-old journalism and psychology major. I want to be sports writer, but I have developed a passion for taking pictures recently. I have been to Berlin once before, but it was only for a couple of days, so I'm looking forward to exploring the city and the culture in greater depth.

JESSE WALKER -- I'm a 20-year-old Telecom major.  I love traveling and surprisingly, this will be my first trip to Europe.  I'll also be celebrating my birthday during the trip.  I've worked in sports production for the last two years, so I'm looking forward to shooting something more interesting in Berlin!

MARIA CASTILLO -- Hallo! I'm a current journalism student at the University of South Florida. It seems that traveling will always be a part of my life; since I was born in Lima, Peru and my mother has been living in  Germany for about 6 years. Germany is a beautiful country, and I'm glad I can learn more about it. I'm extremely excited to join the class, and very grateful that UF collaborates with other universities for Study Abroad. 

NATASHA SCHOULTZ -- Hey everyone! I'm a sophomore journalism and and anthropology double major. I'm 20 and a Miami native. I'm so pumped for this trip because I love to travel and it's going to be my first time in Europe. I'm also excited to put my snap-happy tendencies to good use alongside my writing, which is my passion. I can't wait to get to know everyone as we explore Berlin!
JOHN FREEMAN -- I'm the professor taking the group to Berlin. This photo was taken during my first experience living in  Germany, when I was in the second, third and fourth grades in Rodenbach, near Ramstein Air Force Base. I've grown some since then. My father was later assigned to Berlin, where I graduated from high school.  I'm a real sucker for nostalgia, and look forward to returning to this fascinating city for my sixth study-abroad trip. My family thinks that red hat belonged to my twin sister, but no one remembers why I'm wearing it.
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