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Mike Pressl

MA in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy

From the United States of America

I am currently pursuing an MA in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin. The program is in partnership with the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania, where my fellow students and I will spend the 2014-15 school year.

My bachelor's degree is in International Relations, with a focus on Europe, from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. I graduated from this course in May 2012. Moreover I studied Spanish and Music as minors.

Professionally, my interests include sustainable development, improving transatlantic relations, human rights implementation, conflict management, cultural programming, and other international relations-based fields. In regards to my future prospects, I ultimately aim to work in Washington D.C.

In reference to my professional experience, I was employed by a real estate law firm in Washington D.C. for a period of six months following my college graduation, but I left after deciding to pursue a different career path and subsequently moved to Germany to begin my MA with the ICD.

Regarding my personal interests, music is my favourite pastime. I play the piano, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, and now, the drums. Additionally, I teach lessons in these instruments, compose music, and create online videos featuring these instruments.

Furthermore, languages and travelling are two of my other great interests. I am near-fluent in Spanish and also have limited working knowledge of German and American Sign Language (ASL). Regarding travel, I have lived and studied in Granada, Spain for a semester and have also volunteered in the Dominican Republic near the capital Santo Domingo twice. Aforementioned, I am currently living and studying in Berlin, Germany.