Alumni Spotlight: Samantha Schott

Samantha Schott, '11 MCJ Alum who is working for Senator Mary Landrieu in WashinGraduation Year: 2011

Degree/Major: B.A. News Editorial

Current Employer: Senator Mary Landrieu’s Office

Hometown: Mandeville, LA

Currently Reside: Washington, D.C.

Current Title: Press Assistant

What do you do on a “typical day” of work? I prepare the Senator's press clips every morning (a compilation of all the major news stories of the day), I write press releases, and I help the press team respond to requests from the media.

What led you to your current job/career choice? The experience and connections I acquired from my internships and The Printz.

What are some of your career highlights/accomplishments/achievements? I wrote a story for USA Today, and I wrote a speech that Congressman Palazzo read on the House floor.

What are some other jobs you’ve had before your current position? Internship with Congressman Steven Palazzo and a brief internship with USA Today.

Why did you choose to attend Southern Miss? I really enjoyed my first visit to the campus; everyone was so friendly. I also received a Presidential Scholarship.

What was your favorite/most useful class while at USM? British Journalism in London.

Did you complete an internship/practicum while at Southern Miss? If so, tell us about your experience.  I was the editor of The Student Printz. The job taught me so much about working with others, managing my time, meeting deadlines, etc. I loved having the opportunity to improve the paper and be creative. I think I'll always be proud that my staff started the Student Shout-outs! I also made really great friends.

If you could go back today, is there anything you would change about your college experience? I would become involved with The Printz as a freshman.

What advice do you have for students going into your field? Definitely work for The Printz. Also, study abroad and network.

Who is your role model? Both of my parents. They are so hardworking. They've always told me that I can do anything I put my mind to.

Tell us about your family.  I have a younger sister and two younger brothers. Kenzie's a sophomore at SMU studying accounting, and Tyler and Trevor are in high school stressing over the ACT. They're all athletic; I'm the oddball who prefers to stay inside and update my blog.

Every night in the Printz office is a good memory for me! I miss it. I also will never forget walking across campus and seeing Jimmy Buffett. I turned around and followed him, until I found the courage to talk to him. I frantically called my photo editor, and the two of us sat on the porch of the Administration Building until Dr. Saunders and Jimmy returned. We then took pictures and interviewed him. I also like talking about the time Brett Favre showed up at the Catholic Student Association. Once again, I interviewed him for The Printz.