My name is Maria, and I am originally from Potsdam in Germany. In my spare time I love doing outdoor sports like running in a park close by, exploring the German forests on the back of a horse, enjoying the amazing view over breathtaking valleys when rock climbing, and going as fast as I can on ice skates and skis in winter. Since I am an open-minded person, I love interacting with other people. What I like the most is traveling and learning foreign languages. Isn’t the best way to get to know another culture through its country and people? Being creative in taking pictures, writing texts and playing the piano make each day a wonderful experience. Since I am interested in human behavior and the study of the mind, I am thrilled about studying psychology at NIU.