Story in the College of Arts & Sciences
Melissa Segura '01
Spanish Studies major, Communication major
Small town communications and Spanish major proves she can make it big through many internships and helpful professors.
Melissa Segura covers Major League Baseball, with a keen interest in the ever-increasing influence of the Latino athlete. She is responsible for generating story ideas, doing research on her topics, then creating the articles that will appear both in the magazine and on the SI Web site.
Santa Clara's core curriculum forces you out of your comfort zone to study new and interesting subjects that at other schools, you might have just skipped over. And you would have never known how much you were missing.
At a big school, with my quiet temperament, I would have been lost. But at SCU, the small classes allowed the professors to truly know their students. Because of those personal relationships, I received encouragement I needed to know that yes, a girl from small town New Mexico could make it in New York.
Faculty members that changed her life:
Barbara Kelley (communication) was the first person (not related to me) to tell me I had exceptional journalistic chops. Without her encouragement, I'm not sure I would have had the confidence to pursue my work at a major publication. I spent hours in her office hashing through story ideas... and life.
Father Paul Soukup taught this technophobe who'd never even been on the Internet how to manage Excel and all the other technological tools I need to do my job. He's even offered to talk me through my tech troubles even though I'm seven years removed from Santa Clara.
Proudest moment as a professional writer:
I carry the lessons I learned, particularly those pertaining to the pursuit of social justice, with me every day. In my journalism, I try to speak for those who may not be able to speak for themselves.