Olga Segura, a graduate of Fordham University, is an assistant editor at America Magazine, a national Catholic weekly magazine. Along with her work at America, Olga is in the process of completing a certificate course in publishing at the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Hannah: Welcome to the New York Chapter of the WNBA! How did you end up getting involved with the organization?
Olga: Thanks for the welcome! I actually heard about the WNBA as I was working on my applications for graduate school. I did some research on getting involved in the publishing community and with people who just generally love reading—and I found the WNBA!
Hannah: Can you tell us about your job as an Editorial Assistant? What is your favorite part about the position?
Olga: I am an editorial assistant at America magazine. It’s a Jesuit-published news magazine, which is released weekly. And honestly, I enjoy every single aspect of the job! It’s exciting to see not only how involved people can be with the news industry but also to be a part of such an intellectual group that truly understands the ‘behind-the-scenes’ aspect of publishing.
Hannah: It’s an exciting time to be at the beginning of your career in the publishing industry. How would you like to continue in the industry and where would you like to eventually end up?
Olga: As of now, I am focused on further developing at America Magazine full-time and on returning back to school, part-time and hopefully by Fall 2013. I am currently in the process of completing my applications for publishing programs in NY.
Hannah: What is your favorite word?
Olga: My favorite word is quintessential.
Hannah: Where did your passion for books come from?
Olga: Honestly, as far back as I can remember, books were always a part of my life. Whether it was my father asking my sister and I to discuss Blake’s poetry or just the simple analysis of syntax in music lyrics, I feel as if I’ve always just loved books and words in every possible form.
Hannah: What are you currently reading?
Olga: I am currently reading J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy and Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses.