Marissa at the Berlin Wall
Marissa at the Berlin Wall in May 2010.

Marissa Prieto is a senior journalism student with an outer concentration in environmental studies at the University of Florida. She has grown quite fond of the city of Gainesville over the past few years, but it was her hometown, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that taught her to appreciate the simple things in life: warm pools, overly tan people and good Cuban food. She plans to graduate in the spring of 2012. After that, she hopes to spend a year teaching English in Spain, before continuing on to pursue a career in journalism