A little bit about myself: my name is Caroline McGowan and I am a third-year ASL–English Interpreting major. I am from East Hampton, New York (the very eastern part of Long Island).
How did I get interested in interpreting you might ask? I took ASL in high school as a language requirement and my teacher was an interpreter before she became a teacher. She thought I would become a good interpreter, so she recommended it to me. I did my research, and found out about NTID. I visited twice, applied early admission, and here I am!
I am a student ambassador, so I give tours, but I also work in the admissions office. I am the student assistant to Erin Kane, who is the Assistant Director of Admissions and Visitation. I am also the individual visit coordinator. So, when you decide to visit for an individual visit, I am the one who schedules your agenda for the day 🙂
This past week has been really busy for me, studying for midterms and doing projects. In my interpreting class, we had our first live interpretation! It was nerve-racking but I think I did a good job! The set up was fairly simple: there was 3 chairs, 1 for me, 1 for the Deaf person, and 1 for the hearing person. It was sort of interview style, asking where he lives, what is his family like, his job, etc. It is so odd, our teachers kept telling us that one day we will be interpreting, and that day finally came! It gave me confidence that I can do it, and made me even more excited about my profession!
Well, I’ve got more studying to do! I’ll blog again soon!