I’m definitely not a morning person. Mondays are especially difficult because, well… they just are. Luckily, Mondays in my final semester are a slow start. My day begins with a mug of strong, piping hot coffee and a substantial breakfast. “Hanger” is a real thing, and breakfast is the most important meal of the day, after all.
My next move is work at the ITS Help Desk, where we ensure functional MIIS wifi and email. Between answering questions or updating IT Knowledge Base blog, I typically catch up on emails, most of which are related to soccer. As captain of both MIIS FC and the Feminine MIIStique, I’m still amazed at the amount of emails that result from coordinating both teams’ practice, games, fundraisers, and buying team equipment.
At 2pm it’s off to translation class, which is challenging, humbling, and eye-opening, all at the same time. Whether we’re discussing Enrique Peña Nieto’s inaugural address or Honduran e-voting systems, the translation program is hard (I’m just gonna say it ‘cause T, T&I, and CI students get a lot less recognition than they deserve!). I spend hours researching terms and acronyms, revising my renditions of complex concepts, and rewriting awkward sentences, but let’s just say I’ve discovered my strengths lie elsewhere in the realm of the Localization! The TLM program has opened many doors for my career, many of which I had no idea existed before coming to MIIS.
After class, it’s time for soccer lessons with aspiring Barça right midfielder Srivats Ramaswamy. Not only are these individual training sessions fun for both of us, they have also helped me learn how to be a better coach. His enthusiasm and endless energy remind me how much I love soccer and motivate me to stay involved in many ways.
Next, it’s home for dinner with my main squeeze and then on to homework, most likely Localization project portfolio. This semester, we get to choose our projects, and it’s been fun: we’ve seen localized iPhone apps, websites, and user manuals, but also children’s books, ad campaigns, and subtitled/dubbed TV shows. I’m currently working on a localization and web consulting project for a local business, which some of you might recognize from MIIStique bake sales…
Needless to say, I’m learning a lot here at MIIS, both inside and outside of class. We’re 7 weeks away from graduation and I’m busier than ever, but it’s all worth it. I’m on my way to getting my first real experience in the localization world, and I’m excited for what the future holds!