Updated: Feb 12
By Evan Stefanik
Like a fever dream, MAP surprised Miami University with a Q&A from Nickelodeon star and breakthrough author Jennette McCurdy on Thursday, Sept. 22.
Hundreds of students snagged a ticket in the three minutes before they sold out. One of the early-risers was sophomore education major, Ava Iding.
“I could not pass up this opportunity!” she said. “I got my tickets as soon as they were available. My roommate and I were texting the whole time and we were both very excited.”
McCurdy inspired young adults everywhere with her vulnerable new memoir, “I’m Glad My Mom Died.”
“Jennette was so skilled at answering questions,” Iding said. “She was willing to share the darkest parts of her life with us and was so well-spoken when talking about it. She also incorporated humor into her responses which made the vibe a lot lighter than it may have been without.”
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Iding’s inner child knows McCurdy as the iconic punk girl, Sam Puckett.“She not only provided laughter but also comfort, as iCarly was one of my favorite shows,” Iding said. “I still enjoy going back and watching the show occasionally but now, I view it in a whole new light.”
McCurdy’s abusive mother forced her into acting as a child, which led to later mental problems like bulimia. She won back her story by writing it down.
“Despite her youth, she is still carrying on with her life,” Iding said. “She got the help she knew she needed and she moved past all the trauma she faced.”
Iding thought the Q&A was a great gift to students.“I am proud of her ability to talk about all of the hardships she faced and provide support and advice for those who are struggling in the same way,” she said.