Getting to know Gabby.

My name is Gabrielle Falconeiri me and I am a junior journalism major at the University of Florida. I am also getting a minor in Spanish. I originally decided to include a Spanish minor in my college degree simply because I enjoyed learning about the language and culture, but now I would love to continue using my knowledge of Spanish language and culture throughout my career in journalism.

I have lived in Gainesville my entire life. To most people at UF that makes me an "ACR" (Alachua County Resident). This often carries a certain stigma of staying in Gainesville forever, however, I am looking forward to graduating from college and expanding my horizons. My mother, father and sister still live in Gainesville. My sister is six years younger than I am, which means that I have gotten used to taking care of her. It's sometimes tough to see signs of her growing up. The first ride when she got her learner's permit was nothing short of terrifying.

I work at The Salty Dog, a local bar. I started as a food runner during football season about seven years ago and am now a bartender. Although it can be hectic at times and the hours aren't always ideal, I enjoy bartending because it allows me to meet a lot of people that I wouldn't encounter any other way

This semester I have also started writing a weekly column for the Independent Florida Alligator's entertainment section. Some of my articles can be found at the Alligator's Web site .

Red Sox logo Much of my free time, when I can find it, is consumed by watching sports. When I was younger my favorite sport was basketball, but now it is definitely baseball. My favorite team is the Boston Red Sox, and while I love watching them at Fenway Park in Boston, I usually have to settle for Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

A great thing about being from Gainesville is that we have a strong local music scene. I like to go to shows when I have the time. Gainesvillebands.com is the best Web site to see what bands are coming to town and which venues they're playing in. It not only has a schedule for upcoming shows, but links to bands' Web sites and forums.