Marissa Musk, a native of Muskegon, Michigan, graduated with honors from Michigan State University with a degree in biomedical laboratory science. While in school, she was an active member of her community service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and volunteered with Upward Bound as a student mentor. Marissa also completed undergraduate research investigating the effects of toxic algae on water quality in Lake Erie. After working with Impact, Marissa hopes to attend graduate school for teaching.

What do you like to do for fun?
I love traveling, exploring, reading, writing, longboarding, swimming, and hiking. I also enjoy going to as many concerts and festivals as possible, and love to talk about music.

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.
I spent a semester abroad in India during the spring of 2016 — it was one of the most incredible and challenging experiences of my life. I lived at Lady Irwin College in the center of New Delhi, and I was able to make friends with the girls attending school there and get acquainted with the city from the perspective of locals. I learned a lot of Hindi, mastered traveling via the metro, and fell in love with street food. One of the most shocking parts of the trip was when my friend and I got in in a moped crash and had to rely completely on the kindness of strangers to get to the hospital for stitches in my knee!

Who is someone you admire and why?
My father, because he is the most hardworking and selfless person I know. He is perpetually optimistic, and always willing to listen and give advice. Also, he isn’t afraid to take risks to improve life for my family, such as when he moved to Tennessee for two years to advance his career. He has taught me to accept change and face tough situations with humor and an open mind.