At the Middlebury Institute, we offer an MA in translation and and MA in translation and interpretation, and an MA in conference interpretation. There is no where else where you can really get the professional training and the sound academic environment that we provide here at the institute, and for me that was the real draw. I really loved the blend of the academics and the professional and the type of professionals that it prepares for the world out there.
I chose this program because I want to be an interpreter and this is one of the best schools in the world. Here at the institute I learned how to interpret both consecutively and simultaneously in both directions into English and into Spanish.
In all of our classes, we're asking students to engaged in activities that they'll be engaged in as translators, interpreters and localization specialists. Whether they're interpreting for international visitors or international conferences, localizing materials for various agencies, or translating documents for people.
Everything that they do is tied into their education and then of course provides them with those great experiences to put on their resume that they've done while they're here with us.
My favorite class in the program is the practicum, interpretation practicum class, because that's when we actually get to do real life assignments. We're in the actual booth wearing headsets, speaking into the microphone, and sometimes people are actually relying on our interpretation to listen to the event.
I don't think there are many places in the world where you can go and really find so many people, and pretty much everyone on campus has lived, worked and traveled overseas. And the multitude of languages spoken here is really impressive as well. And I think that makes for a very vibrant campus community. Everyone really has done fascinating things.
Knowing a language is also knowing about the culture. So it's really helpful when you can actually interact with people coming from another country and to get to know them.
From the day students set foot on this campus, the faculty really treats them as colleagues. The programs are relatively short, and in two years, in fact if not sooner, our students and our colleagues are working together out there in the community. So I think that provides for really unique mentoring relationships.
The faculty here at the institute is very helpful and very accessible. They are working in the field, so they are translators and interpreters. So whenever we have a question related to the profession, they have the answer, and they are willing to help us become one of them, one of their colleagues.
This experience has been really life-changing to me because I was doing something else with my life before and now coming here I'm more sure than ever that I really want to do this for the rest of my life.
If you are looking to be a translator and interpreter, and be ready to start working once you graduate, this is the place where you wanna be.