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Photo of student ambassador Chen (Holly) Song.

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Ask Me About Translation and Interpretation, Conference Interpretation, or Translation in Chinese, Korean, or Japanese

Undergrad Beijing Language and Culture University

Fast Fact First-year Conference Interpretation student. Struggling and surviving!

My Journey to MIIS I knew that I loved interpretation but was not sure if that would be my career. It was not until I finished my study and internship in Britain that I realized being an interpreter was where my passion lay. I looked up the MIIS website, talked to staff and the former student ambassador, and did my research. Then I decided that I had to get into this great school!

During my preparation, I found “10 Ways to Prepare” extremely helpful. I basically followed all of them and tried to be up to standard. My experience in public speaking and competitive debating helped, too. When the application was open, I submitted all documents, finished my Early Diagnostic Test (EDT), which is now the Language and Skills Test (LST), and after a long month, I got in!

Language of Study

A Language: Chinese

B Language: English

Immersive Opportunities I spent my junior year at the University of Birmingham. I took international relations and political economy as my electives, which turned out to be very helpful in a lot of ways. The people were really nice and I made very good friends there. The weather was terrible.

Student Life I love MIIS so far. It’s very diverse and lively. Students work so hard as well! It’s a good place for you to acquire knowledge and prepare yourself for your career. There are a bunch of student clubs and activities going on. You can always find your gang and recharge yourself.

My Favorite Things about Monterey It’s a really, really small town, but it’s beautiful! The best beaches and all the wildlife you run into will make your day! Try out kayaking and scuba diving when summer comes!