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Courtney Barnes '13

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Hello, This is your fellow student, Courtney Barnes. I am a senior at USFSP and currently studying to complete a double major in Mass Communication and Psychology. In between taking five classes, you can typically find me at concerts and events around the area! I love live music and really any excuse to get outside and be social. Catch me on campus this semester any Monday, Wednesday or Friday.
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Wendy Biddlecombe '12

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I'm a journalist and editor by day, and spend my nights and weekends practicing Bikram yoga, editing the news section of The Crow's Nest and growing vegetables in my backyard. I'm a Buffalo, New York, native, and I've lived in New York City, India and France. I hold a bachelor of arts degree in writing (journalism) from The New School in New York City. I'm currently finishing up my master's thesis, and will graduate from USFSP in December 2012. I have mixed feelings about leaving.
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Raja Benchekroun, Fulbright Alumna

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Hi ! or Salamu Alaykum in Arabic. I'm a Fulbright Alumna, passionate about foreign languages and cultures. I am currently joining USFSP as a graduate international student in the the MLA program. Enjoying my journey of Teaching Arabic as a foreign language.
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Amanda Corman

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A senior Mass Communications major, Amanda enjoys long walks with her dog, laying in bed with her cat, her laptop and a good cup of coffee.
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Eric Douthirt '13

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I'm due to graduate with my MBA in May of 2013 with a focus in Marketing and Management. I have a strong interest in sustainability initiatives in business and higher education and am fortunate to be able to sit on the Student Green Energy Fund Committee here at USFSP as well. Wherever my career takes me, my desk better be big enough to hide a guitar amp.
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Andy Fairbanks '12

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I just graduated (May 2012) with an MLA from the Florida Studies Program. Perhaps I'm biased, but I think it's the most interesting graduate program in the state. My thesis is titled "The Good, the Bad, and the Garbage: The Making of Modern Florida Solid Waste Policy." Before I commit to a job or further study, I am taking a gap year to explore places around the world that have long captivated my imagination.
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Abagail Featherstone '13

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I'm majoring in Mass Communications. I'm from Sarasota, FL and I'm on the sailing team. I've sailed college women's double-handed nationals in 2011 and 2012 and finished 5th in A-division at 2011 women's nationals.
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Alicia Gangi '14

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I'm a senior at USFSP, but I won't be graduating for another year. That is because I'm majoring in both Mass Communications and Political Science. I love to travel. I spend my summers and winters backpacking through different countries.
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Erica Gordon '15

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Sophomore. Political Science major. Procrastinator. I have more goals than motivation.
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Solange Gorleku '14

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Hey there! I'm Solange, also known as "Solo". I'm a junior majoring in Biology, class of 2014. A past Orientation Leader, current Vice President of the Harborside Activities Board as well as the Programming and Marketing chair of the Residence Hall Association and also your 2012 Homecoming Duchess!
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Kelly Jones '13

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I’m a senior majoring in mass communications here at USFSP. I’m counting down the next three months until graduation in May 2013. It’s the final stretch and I’m ready to take on the real world! I’m currently working two jobs, one as a radio intern for the “Spice Show” on Tampa’s 102.5 The Bone. When I’m not putting in my two cents via blog you can hear it on the show, M-F from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. As for the future, I’m open to different opportunities, my dream one of course being in the radio biz (fingers crossed). I love all aspects of mass communications and there is no telling where life may take me. I’m just hoping it’ll be one heck of a ride.
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Ta'Rikah Jones '14

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I'm a senior at USFP, majoring in Mass Communications. I will be graduating in the spring of 2013. I believe that I was Princess Jasmine in a past life. Some of hobbies include blogging about new beauty products and the latest trends in the fashion world. I plan on finding a career in either the marketing or public relations field after I graduate.
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Stephanie Lawler '11

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I am proud to be a graduate of USF St. Pete. This past fall I graduated with a bachelors degree in Environmental Science and Policy with a minor in Political Science. I am originally from Orlando and have been a resident of St. Petersburg for 3 years. This city is incredible and I have loved every moment of my time here. While at USFSP I had the opportunity to serve as an Ambassador, the President of the Student Environmental Awareness Society, and an Orientation leader. I love life and aim to experience everything it has to offer.
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Skyla Luckey '13

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Skyla Luckey is a senior whose major is mass communications and her expected graduation date is December 2013. Skyla has worked in Tampa as a traffic reporter for two years. She reports traffic incidents in the mornings and afternoons Mon-Fri on WiLD 94.1, the Bay's Party Station.
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Andrea Luna '13

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I am a Super Senior student who WILL graduate in Fall '13 with a degree in Mass Communications. Mommy and wife #1, Business Owner and Arts and Crafts fanatic #2, Mass Communications student and marketing professional #3.... Simply put, SUPERWOMAN
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Ricki Reisinger '13

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I am currently an Exceptional Student Education teacher for Pinellas County Schools. I am a working toward completion of a Masters degree in Educational Leadership at USF St. Petersburg and will graduate in December 2013. Prior to enrolling at USF I earned an Education Specialist degree in Brain-based Teaching and Learning and a Masters degree in Special Education. Upon graduation I aspire to become a leader in the field of education where I can facilitate change. I am passionate about technology in education and all that is has to offer students and teachers. In my spare time I enjoy reading, shopping, travel, and spending time with family and friends.
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Benjamin Smet '13

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Benjamin Smet has been teaching Spanish and Speech & Debate at Oak Grove Middle School in Clearwater for the past four years. In addition to teaching, he is the liaison for the Principal's Multicultural Advisory Committee and has partnered with the Hispanic Outreach Center of Clearwater to pioneer an Hispanic Outreach program at Oak Grove. He has two sons, kindegarten and first grade at New Heights Elementary where he is the PTA President and SAC Chairman. He is pursuing his master's in educational leadership with the goal of enacting public education reform in Pinellas County and the state of Florida.
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Zach Westmark '12

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Zachary Westmark is a USFSP graduate who loves puns. His last name affords a convenient connotation: his blog captures his attempt to migrate to the West coast of the USA while exploring culture, frugality, geography, physical exertion and sustainability - via long distance bicycle trek (peppered with other random tidbits).
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