Marissa is from Wooster, Ohio and is a senior at Ohio University majoring in Strategic Communications. Originally Marissa was a news and information student in the journalism program but switched to strategic communications her sophomore year. She immediately became a dues-paying member of PRSSA and joined the social affairs committee. She also served as an associate for the Bird Arena account with ImPRessions. Through joining PRSSA and ImPRessions Marissa has learned a lot of valuable information. She said the majority of what she knows about PR was learned from her involvement with PRSSA.
“It’s where I learned to make a resume, write cover letters, create a portfolio and write press releases,” she said. “I’m 100% sure I would never have completed multiple internships at this point in my career if it weren’t for PRSSA.”
Read on to learn a little bit more about Marissa!
Hobbies? I like reading, hanging out with friends and family and traveling. I’m also a bit of a technology nerd and like to learn about digital trends and design in my spare time. Once when I was home on winter break my parents’ washing machine stopped so I took it apart and fixed it! I Googled how washing machines are put together, located the broken piece and replaced it while my parents were at work. Even though the Lowe’s employee probably thought I was a 12-year-old, I got the job done
Favorite OU memory? My favorite OU memory was walking down the middle of Court Street when Barack Obama came to campus last fall. There was so much excitement in the air and someone was blasting Bruce Springsteen out of his apartment window as the crowd filtered out of College Green. It didn’t feel like real life
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I would like to get a lot of agency experience at the beginning of my career but eventually I want to become some type of an entrepreneur. I’d really like to have my own business or collaborate with a partner. That’s exciting to me because I love creativity and innovation
Biggest pet peeve? People who spend way too much time being negative toward others! It’s just not worth it to be so nitpicky at what others say or do. We should spend more time bettering ourselves instead of worrying about what we disapprove of others
Favorite reality show? My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding – it’s seriously the WEIRDEST show!
PR idol? Definitely Demi Knight Clark for being living proof that studying PR does not limit a person to a cubicle. She teaches that public relations can be empowering and creative. Another would be the entrepreneurial spirit of Angela Krile. Angela mentioned once at PRSSA that she tells her young sons that both she and her husband are responsible for making money and working to provide for their family. That’s empowering to me because that’s something my mom and dad also tried to instill in me when I was growing up
Favorite animal? Koala
If you were an ice cream flavor, what would you be? Neapolitan because it’s a little bit of everything!
Get ready, Scripps! There’s a new VP in town and her name is Marissa McDaid. To contact Marissa, tweet her @mlmcdaid!