Jessica Daddio has turned her sense of adventure into an exciting career. As travel editor for Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine, Daddio writes articles, shoots photos and produces videos covering travel and adventure opportunities throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.
Daddio’s current job seems like an extension of her experience at Emory & Henry, where she participated in the Outdoor Program, leading other students on hiking, kayaking and rock climbing excursions at nearby attractions such as the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and the Appalachian Trail. She also studied abroad in the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil through the National Outdoor Leadership School. These travel and outdoor activities became a key focus of projects Daddio completed for her personalized interdisciplinary major in creative communications, which combined coursework in mass communications, photography and creative writing.
“I’m doing something I love—something that’s truly important to me,” says Daddio, who also received a double major in French literature. “Emory & Henry prepared me in every sense of the word. There was a supportive community of people who inspired me and encouraged me to chase my dreams and my passions, no matter how far-fetched they seemed. They inspired me to follow my passion and do something I love.”
Hometown: Berryville, Va,
Current City: Charlottesville, Va.
Majors: Creative communications and French literature
Occupation: Travel editor, Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine
Advice for students: “It’s okay to not know what you’re going to do with the rest of your life. Be open to what the people at Emory & Henry have to say. They’ll get to know you really well because it’s a small community and they’re looking out for your best interests.”
Extra-curricular activities at Emory & Henry:
French Honors Program
1st graduating cohort of E&H Honors Program