Marissa Scott, a second year student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, works as a barista at the campus Starbucks, is taking 18 credits this semester and to top it off, interns for KNXV-TV ABC 15 in Phoenix. Originally from San Diego, she loves to sing, dance and act, especially in front of the camera. Today, she juggles her two jobs, being a student, having a long distance relationship and enjoying her time in college.
Why did you choose to go to Arizona State University?
I decided to attend the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU because it is the best professional journalism school in the country. Yes, there are other prestigious journalism schools but the others do not even compare to what the Cronkite school has to offer. The school recently in the last few years moved to downtown Phoenix and has state of the art technology throughout the building.
The professors come from journalism backgrounds and some are well-known anchors or editors. For example, former CNN anchor Aaron Brown and former Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. both teach upper-division journalism classes at the school. Students can emerge themselves in internships or Cronkite Immersion programs which include the campus daily newscast or paper. I am not ashamed to say that I know I will have a job when I graduate in the next few years.
How do you manage your time with classwork, having a boyfriend and working?
I have really good time management. I always plan my days ahead of time and know the day before what I need to get done or have to do the following day. During the week I have a set schedule so I do not have to worry about forgetting an assignment. I have learned to take homework with me everywhere so that I do not waste time while I ride the bus to school or have free time within my schedule. My work also knows when I have class or internship and I have a set schedule that I work every week.
My boyfriend and I are in a long distance relationship so that helps a lot! I always tell him that if we went to the same university that there would be no time to see each other and it would probably not work. We have gotten used to texting and calling each other during the day when we don’t have class or work. It has worked out nicely because we get to have our own schedules but can still talk when we want.
What is the hardest thing you have to deal with, with having so many responsibilities?
There is nothing hard with having a lot of responsibilities, but if someone does add jobs or internships to their daily school schedule they need to have good time management. I have always been a busy person and like to have a busy schedule so I don’t find did hard to juggle school and work. I have learned that every couple weeks I need to take a day off of work and go on a mini vacation or treat myself to a massage or facial.
How did you get involved with ABC 15?
The Cronkite School encourages students to apply for internships. Every semester the school holds an internship interview day where students can interview with local media companies. Both the companies and students rank their favorites. The interns for each company is determined by the ranking from the lists. I was lucky to be ranked towards the top of ABC 15’s list and I ranked them high, so it worked out. I am very lucky!
What is your favorite and least favorite parts of your internship?
I love internships and have nothing bad to say about them. I personally learn more by interning at a station than in a classroom setting. I also am a visual learner so having professionals allow me to work alongside of them helps me gain vital information that I can use in class or for the future.
There have been so many times where I learned something through an internship before a class that it has set me apart from my peers. In one of my classes this semester, I am helping the professor show and explain to the class how to use Final Cut Pro or simply turn on a camera because I have prior knowledge from interning with about five different stations. Also, this business is all about who you know and if you can present yourself well.
By having an internship, you are meeting different people daily and that provides great contacts. Internships allow you to make mistakes, but that is how you learn and the supervisors are always sweet and understanding so they help challenge you to be the best.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
In 10 years, I see myself working as a weather anchor for a big market in Seattle or New York. I also hope to be married and have a family.
What tips would you give to other students who are planning on starting work on/off-campus while maintaining being a student?
If someone is passionate and ambitious about their job, DO IT! I always tell people to not hold back on their dreams and to always pursue their dream job. Yes, that job may be to work at American Eagle, but it is still a dream! It only matters if someone cares a lot for what they do or want to do. Besides passion and ambition, you need to have good time management and plan everything. I always have a planner in my purse and one on my desk so I do not lose track of the time or what I need to do. With a busy schedule, you need to plan in advance.