When students tell me they are frustrated and thinking about giving up on interpreting I always say:
Frustration is the doorway to enlightenment.
Frustration is your brain’s way of telling you it’s bored with what it can do and wants to try something it can’t do yet!
We gotta decide on one format!
I’m not sure how many more video apps my phone can take!
Dear ITP Students:
You are not ASL students now, you are interpreting students.
The answer will never be found in vocabulary.
The answer will almost always be found in better processing.
If they understood what they were talking to each other about, but you didn’t, call it a miracle and move on.
Don’t spoil it by overthinking. Let there be magic in the world!
Leave it outside. You are working now.
Whatever it is, pain, heartache, infatuation, excitement, success, failure, joy, anger, love, loss…
Leave it outside.
It will be there when you are finished.
When you have an appointment the day after a holiday remember, everyone else is tired too and just like you no one else wants to be here.
When asking for feedback, ask for feedback.
When asking for assurance you didn’t screw up, ask for assurance.
If you ask for feedback when all you want is your team to assure you that you didn’t screw up, no matter how accurate the feedback is all you will hear is that you screwed up!