J-School Ambassador Spotlight: Marissa McDaid


Marissa McDaid

Name: Marissa McDaid

Year: Junior

Major: Journalism- Strategic Communications

Hometown: Wooster, Ohio

What is your favorite memory of Athens, Ohio?

This is so difficult! Every year, three of my friends and I go on a hayride at the Ridges near Halloween. We started freshman year and have went ever since.

Why did you come to Ohio University? Why did you choose Scripps?

I came to Ohio University because of the journalism school. I wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to do with my life in high school but I knew I wanted to study journalism. I knew there were only three accredited journalism schools in Ohio and Ohio University always felt right. I applied to two schools and got into both, but this was my only real choice all along.

If you could give one piece of advice based off your experience here what would it be?

Get involved! Definitely don’t feel intimidated to show up to meetings for different groups and organizations. Look for things you might be interested in and test the waters. If you go to a meeting and learn you don’t want to commit to that organization, you don’t have to.  I highly recommend joining some sort of student group though. That’s where you’ll meet your best friends.

Where is the best place you ever traveled to?

When I was 16 I got to go to Europe with my French class. We were in Zurich, Switzerland when the UEFA Euro Cup (soccer) was going on. It was really exciting!

How did you become a J-School ambassador?

I applied last spring. Debbie Depeel sent an email that said they were looking for student ambassadors so I sent her my resume.

What’s your favorite part about being an ambassador?

I love being able to tell prospective students how humbling being in Scripps has been (which is cheesy, sorry.) I like to tell stories about the really prominent journalists I’ve had the opportunity to talk to or alums who have visited my classes.

What does your role as a J-School ambassador entail?

I give prospective student tours typically every Friday. We take a tour of the building and then have a Q&A session with either Dr. Sweeney or Dr. Stewart. I’ll also escort groups from Scripps over to the RTV building for tours of the WOUB studios.



If you could be on any reality show…

Dancing with the Stars- I wish I could dance!

Peeta or Gale?

Peeta! *swoon*

Can’t live without…


Dream job?

Working at some sort of creative or branding agency.

One goal you hope to achieve within five years?

Have a job that doesn’t feel like a job.

Favorite professor on campus?

In the Journalism School: Aimee Edmondson. Best law prof. ever.

In general: I like Robert Miklitsch’s English classes.

This interview was conducted and written by Rachel Miller, an Account Associate for the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism ImPRessions account.