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Ask Me About Translation and Localization Management (TLM)

Undergrad The College of William and Mary

Fast Fact I play the mandolin and particularly enjoy playing bluegrass, Québécois, and Irish music, among other styles.

My Journey to MIIS For many people, the journey to a language service career begins with a general interest in language, and slowly meanders its way around to translation, interpretation, and localization. For me, the idea of a language-based career was what initially guided me toward the languages I now study. I already knew that I wanted to go into translation when I was in high school, and was drawn to Russian and Chinese because I felt they would make me highly marketable as a translator. Fortunately, when I began to study these languages in college, I found I adored them and the cultures that surround them as much as I adored the idea of being a translator. During my undergraduate studies, I was able to spend about two years abroad in Russia, China, and Kyrgyzstan strengthening my language skills.

By the time I was done, I knew the next step would be a master’s degree and was well aware of the quality of MIIS and its reputation in the field. As I was preparing to apply, the school opened my eyes to localization management. It was immediately apparent that the skills taught in the TLM program would help me become a highly competitive translator and would make other career paths in the spheres of localization and project management available to me. So far, I am very satisfied with my choice and have high hopes for the future I’ll find through this degree.

Language of Study I selected Russian as my language of study. The language courses in the Russian program are rigorous and the faculty are all experienced professionals. I feel certain I will gain a lot from the program.

Student Life This is my first semester at MIIS, so I’m just getting introduced to student life here, but I’m already looking forward to joining the yoga and salsa groups on campus. I also intend to make good use of BUILD (Beyond YoUrself in Language Development) and keep my Chinese skills in shape. The students here are fascinating and diverse, and I’m looking forward to making some new friends through clubs and activities.

My Favorite Things about Monterey I am endlessly fascinated by the wildlife around Monterey. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of watching the seals and sea lions sunning themselves on rocks.