Some time ago, in the process of finding ways to expand my professional skills, I stumbled upon translation. It has been over a year now, and I am still not tired of exploring the topic! It is this thirst for learning what brought me to MITA. I registered as a member and planned to be present during their first event this year: Leap into 2016! MITA Party.
The event, held at Andalous Grill in Las Colinas, exceeded my expectations. There was great food and conversation. I listened attentively as some MITA members shared about their experience working as professional interpreters and translators. Later, as individuals introduced themselves to the whole group, I had the opportunity to hear from others who were not near my table. The afternoon got even more exciting with a fun trivia game, and brief presentations about Leap Year traditions from around the world.
More than a get-together, this party was a true celebration of diversity and language. It was also an opportunity to establish new connections, which is vital to advance in any career. Most importantly, and this was what impressed me the most, I don’t remember when the last time was that I attended a professional organization event and found such a warm, welcoming crowd! I am glad I stumbled upon translation and that doing so brought me to MITA. I am sure I will be attending future events, and I hope to see you there!
Natalia Vargas, our contributing blogger, is an educator with more than ten years of experience in the field. A native of Colombia, but a long time resident of Texas, Natalia holds a Master’s in Bilingual Education from SMU and a Graduate Certificate in Spanish Translation from UT Brownsville. Natalia’s strong interest in cognitive sciences and languages brought her ultimately to MITA, which she joined in January 2016. She also shared with us a few pictures from the February event. Click on the thumbnails for a closer look!