Zaneta Pereira

1. How long have you been working at the Loyolan, and what are all the positions that you held?

I started working at the Loyolan in the fall of my freshman year, in October, so I’ve worked at the Loyolan for pretty much four years with the exception of the one semester I studied abroad. And I was centennial intern, assistant news, news editor, managing editor and then EIC.

2. When you first started out, what made you decide to apply for an internship at the Loyolan?

I worked on my high school paper so I was kind of always slightly interested in journalism. And then I knew I wanted to have a job on campus and I was looking for something that was challenging and stimulating; I didn’t really want like a work-study job that would be more about just getting paid. I wanted something that would be interesting, so that’s why I applied.

3. What drew you to the position of EIC?

Basically, I think what happened was that there was a need for someone to lead the newspaper, and I was the most qualified person to take on that responsibility and also the only person, to my knowledge, who was even slightly interested in it. … I, for a long time, had said and told multiple people that I would never be EIC, but what happened is I kind of realized that if I didn’t do it, that would put the Loyolan in a really terrible position, and even though I was not super excited about the job of EIC I was super excited about the Loyolan, and I believed – and still believe – that the Loyolan provides an essential service to the LMU community. So that’s kind of why I took the position, so this 90-something-year-old institution didn’t struggle just because I wasn’t stoked on all the work I was going to have to do. But once I started the job, it was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be, and I enjoyed most of it.

4. As Editor in Chief, what was your proudest moment?

I think First Amendment Week. It was something that I was really nervous about, because running the editorial side of the paper, I had lots of experience with that. I’d worked extensively in the news section and then as managing editor, I had a really good idea of what the other sections did, too, InDesign and all that, but I had no knowledge of what went into planning First Amendment Week or any of the processes that go into making that successful. I was just really, really proud of how it turned out this year. We had two really good speakers, we covered a range of topics and people engaged with it in a really positive way.

5. What was the hardest thing about the position?

I think the hardest thing is just being constantly on call. Because it’s not one of those jobs where you come in from nine to five and then you can go home and do homework or be a student or go out for a weekend and not think about it. Especially when we were twice a week, there wasn’t ever, I think, a moment of my time, including over the summer and over winter break, where I wasn’t thinking about the Loyolan or doing something for the Loyolan or planning ahead for the Loyolan, and it was a lot to juggle. But I think it’s helped me so much to just manage my life and take on other responsibilities because of understanding what it means to work a job that doesn’t really end.

6. You point out that the role of EIC is a time-consuming one. So what are you going to do with all the free time you have now?

I’m going to write my thesis, which I have put off for a year. I did the research for my thesis last summer and then came back and have not had any time to look at it.

7. The Loyolan prides itself on being a fun and friendly office. What was the funniest thing that ever happened at work during your tenure?

I think there’s like a staff legend about karaoke now. We’ve done it multiple times and every time there’s someone who has a great time and puts on quite a show, and I think there are now legends in this office – karaoke legends – that we’re not going to forget lightly.

8. How would you describe the staff of the Loyolan in one word? You can say three words if you want.

I would say committed, crazy and … now I want to do another “C” just to be alliterative … cohesive.

9. How are you feeling as you transition out of being EIC?

Right now, it’s a giant relief. Yeah, it’s a long time to hold a position, especially because the way we do transition means that even though you don’t take over until February, you’re doing a lot of work in the two months leading up to it, so it’s over a year in the position, it feels like. So yeah, I am enjoying having some perspective on the job and thinking about all of the incredible opportunities it offered me, but at the same time I’m really glad to be moving forward and on to my life and looking forward to what’s next for me after graduation.

10. What are your plans for post-graduation?

I am going to be studying at Cambridge and pursuing my Master’s in psychology. It’s a research degree and I’m really excited about the original research I’m going to be doing out there.

11. The Editor in Chief is a pretty visible figure on campus. But what's something no one on campus knows about you?

I don’t think anybody knows, but I am slightly compulsive about the books I read, and so I keep a spreadsheet where I log every single book I read for pleasure. And I have a running total of the books I read per semester, per year and forever and I’m thinking about diversifying it into, like, who the author was and what genre the book was, but that’s a lot of work so I might not do that. It’s just about counting for me, and I don’t have goals, like there’s not something I’m trying to reach or break. I just like seeing them add up because even with all of the commitments of this job, the one thing I had to do was read for pleasure or I would have gone crazy.

12. Well, that begs the question, how many books did you read as EIC?

I could look it up … let’s do it. It’s on my Dropbox so I can look at it on the go. So in my senior year, I read 60 books last semester and 23 over break and 15 so far this semester. And if we’re going to count the summer, which I don’t know if we should, I read 66 books over the summer.

13. When do you read?

Late at night or when I’m walking around. I never thought I would be into the e-reader and then my sophomore year I won a Kindle in some weird housing competition. I love it because it means I can read ridiculous amounts of books without having to carry them around. And now, I read on my phone, like, all the time.

14. What might surprise LMU students about the position of Editor-in-Chief?

I think people will be surprised to know just how many people it means overseeing. That was always something that people were surprised by. We have a huge staff. There are a lot of people who work at the Loyolan. I honestly think that this is as close to real-world experience as you can get with a campus job. You are literally a lot of people’s boss. Which is really cool, but it’s also a lot of responsibility.

15. The outgoing EIC has some authority still, so what do you think … was The Dress blue and black or white and gold?

It was blue and black.

This week, Editor in Chief Ali Swenson sat down with outgoing Editor-in-Chief Zaneta Pereira to discuss the Loyolan, e-readers and The Dress.

Ali Swenson is a senior psychology major. She is from Seattle, Washington, and yes, that means she has a five word coffee order. Some of her favorite things include music festivals, stand-up paddle boarding and kale chips.

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