Originally from Vermont, Marissa studies International Relations with a minor in Asian Studies at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. She has studied French and Chinese during her college career. She has interned for U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH), who serves on the Foreign Relations Committee for two summers. During her senior year at Saint Anselm, her college campus will host the presidential primaries for the 2012 presidential race. At Saint Anselm Marissa plays Ice Hockey and is the President of the student body. After college she would like to study international security and international political economy in a graduate program and travel.