Meet the O&B Staff

Spring 2018 Staff



Alyssa Weiss

Alyssa is a 20-year-old journalism senior. After she graduates, she’ll begin her first year of law school at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. She loves dogs, music from the early 2000s and eating way too much for dessert. When Alyssa isn’t working a shift at Trader Joe’s (her second home, if we’re being honest), she’s probably sitting on the floor and petting a dog, convincing her friends to go to Sweetberries or cheering on the Gators while they play sports she doesn’t actually understand.






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Renee Castro

Renee is a senior journalism major who will be moving to Disney World after graduation to work for the mouse. While she spends a lot of time in Orlando, she is originally from Miami, Fl where she has 3 dogs and a really fat cat. You can usually find Renee indulging on any kind of dessert, or watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix. Her dream jobs include working communications for Disney, or editing a magazine in New York City, but she really looks forward to having a big happy family in the future. Follow her on Twitter @reneemcastro


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Brooke Steinberg

Brooke is a senior journalism student with a passion for writing, iced coffee and all things entertainment. She hopes to spend her post-grad life in New York City, where she interned last summer, pursuing a career in journalism. Besides her love for writing, Brooke also enjoys spending her time watching Netflix, going to brunch with her friends and keeping up with all the latest celebrity gossip. Follow her on Twitter @bsteinberg_





Elayza Gonzalez

Elayza is a senior journalism major born and raised in Miami, Florida. Her Instagram feed is filled with all things Beyonce and thinks Blue Ivy is her goddaughter. When she’s not hustling to be the next Olivia Pope, she’s spending her free time going down the rabbit hole, otherwise known as YouTube, usually with a passion fruit boba tea in her hand. Follow her on Twitter @elayzagonzalez








Natalie Rao

Natalie is a UF senior from St. Louis. Although she started college studying criminology in 2014, she quickly switched her major to journalism and hasn’t looked back ever since. With equally strong passions for both writing and music, Natalie spends nearly all of her time listening to new music and writing about it. From Pink Floyd to ODESZA to Joey Bada$$, she has love for almost every genre and is constantly on the hunt for more. Follow her on Twitter @natalierao








Stefano Ferreyros

Stefano is a senior journalism student. He’s passionate about photography, music and learning languages. If he’s not cooking something elaborate in his apartment, he’s hosting his radio show. Although he doesn’t know what he’s going to do immediately after graduation, he wants to work in the magazine world. Follow him on Twitter @stef_ferr95



Christy Piña

Christy is one of the two Art Directors for Orange & Blue this semester. She is a senior journalism student at the University of Florida with an outside concentration in psychology. Though she was born and raised in The Magic City, her end goal is to live and breathe all things Big Apple. After graduation, she hopes to work in a magazine in New York City. When she’s not binge watching a new show on Netflix or HBO, she spends her time reading, writing or figuring out what millennial thing to do next with her friends. Follow her on Twitter @christypina_





Teal Garth

Teal Garth is a 22-year old senior journalism student at UF from Pensacola, Florida and the Art Director of Orange and Blue Magazine. She enjoys writing, graphic design, the beach, running, traveling, playing with cute puppies, binge watching The Office, and consuming large amounts of pizza in one sitting. After graduating she plans on going to graduate school at UF to get her master’s degree in mass communications with a specialization in public relations. Follow her on Twitter @_keepin_it_teal_



Isa Perez

Isa is a senior journalism student and one of our social media managers. When she’s not running around Weimer Hall, you can find her talking all things fashion, entertainment and The Bachelor. Isa is also involved with WUFT, CollegeFashionista and Her Campus. After graduation, she hopes to move to Los Angeles and pursue a career at E! News. Until then she’ll be covering events, celebs and all things fashion on her blog Call Me Isa! *shameless promo HA! 








Taylor McLamb

Taylor is a UF senior majoring in journalism and English with a passion for entertainment journalism. Ever since picking up her first copy of Rolling Stone, her cousin’s 1998 Fiona Apple issue to be exact, she was instantly aspired to cover women artists and musicians in a way that is broad, fearless and unapologetic. When she’s not binge-watching Jessica Jones on Netflix, fangirling over Janelle Monae’s music or eating anything that involves tempeh, she’s dreaming of living life in New York City.



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Carly Breit

Carly Breit is a fourth-year journalism major with a passion for writing good stories about good people. She hopes to return to New York City, where she interned last summer, and start a career in women’s media. She believes in feminism, kindness and year-round iced coffee. 







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Jayna Taylor-Smith

Jayna is a senior journalism student who is counting the days until she graduates in May. She’s obsessed with going to concerts, eating Hot Cheetos and her 1-year-old niece. If she’s not FaceTiming with one of her two older sisters or listening to new music, she’s likely watching Netflix, sipping on an iced coffee with a Bath and Body Works candle burning in the background. Follow her on Twitter @jayna_ts








Klarizza Aggabao

Born in Manila, Philippines, Klarizza Aggabao is a senior journalism student who gets excited over traveling, writing, buying books and petting people’s dogs. She found her passion in writing when she joined her high school journalism class and reading fiction at a young age. When Klarizza isn’t writing, she’s most likely watching an episode of “Parks and Recreation” for the nth time or looking up salmon recipes on Pinterest. Her dream job involves working in publishing, reading books and finding the next great novel. Follow her on Twitter @klarizzaaggabao






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Rhina is a 22-year-old senior from South Florida who loves coffee, music, trying new foods, being Hispanic and Twitter. When she’s not downing her third cup of coffee for the day, she is listening to the Hamilton soundtrack on repeat, buying stuff she doesn’t need at Target or trying to find the perfect plantain for her meals. Her dream is to work in publishing and to one day master the impressive vocabulary of a distinguished New Yorker entertainment critic. Follow her on Twitter @rhinacgarcia



Brianna Duncan-Dieujuste

Brianna is a senior journalism major passionate about intersectional feminism and strong quotes. She’s currently surviving off of iced almond milk lattes and the fact that she graduates in a few months. When she’s not writing you can find her scrolling through Bon Appétit’s Instagram account or re-watching season two of Sex and the City. Like many, she hopes to book a one-way ticket to New York after graduation.







IMAGE 3(1).jpgBrooke Bajgrowicz 

Brooke Bajgrowicz is a senior journalism student at the University of Florida. She loves going to concerts, taking road trips and rewatching her favorite episodes of The Office. A lover of big adventures and all-things entertainment, she hopes to move to New York City and write for a magazine upon graduation.




Michelle Tapia

Michelle Tapia is a 21-year-old journalism student in her final semester at UF. In her free time she likes to read books and binge YouTube videos. When she finally stops crying about her impending graduation, this Miami native plans to move to Vermont for the summer to be a counselor at an all-girls sleepaway camp. Once that adventure ends, she plans to move back to Florida and work for the mouse at Disney World. Follow her on Twitter @michellebtapia



Ashleigh Braun

Ashleigh Braun is a 22-year old senior journalism student at the University of Florida and the photo editor for the Orange and Blue Magazine with a passion for connecting people through moving stories, interior design, dogs and all things fashion. After graduation, she hopes to pursue her dreams in the media industry combining her writing and fashion skills in a fashion magazine. 



Nicole Irving

Adjunct Professor Nicole Irving is the owner and publisher of Giggle Magazine, the award-winning parenting and family magazine in Alachua County and Leon County, Florida. She also owns Wellness360 Magazine, a health and wellness magazine for Alachua County. Nicole, originally from New York, is a UF alumna with an honor’s degree in Sociology. She came to Gainesville in 1997 from Jupiter, Florida. Nicole is the mom to three boys and has been married to her husband and business partner Shane for 14 years. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Florida Magazine Association, a Leadership Gainesville Class of 38 graduate, a member of the Society of Professional Journalists  and an active member of the Junior League of Gainesville. Nicole won 2012 Business of the Year for Leading Women’s Enterprise, and she is a member of both the Gainesville and Tallahassee Chambers of Commerce.

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