The translators and interpreters of tomorrow: Marta Marchesi

In February, dear friends of STUDIOTRE, we told you all about the dreams of Carlo Branchini, an upcoming translator graduated in Specialized Translation. Carlo, together with Roberta Cappiello, was one of the winners of the grant promoted by the University of Bologna which we funded to mark our 40th anniversary.

Today, we would like to introduce you the third grant winner: Marta Marchesi.

Marta Marchesi | Future interpreter

Marta comes from a small village in the province of Bergamo, near Lake Iseo, and graduated in Interpretation in 2019. The phrase which she holds close to her heart, and which is also her motto in everyday life, comes from a poem by Albert Camus: “Au milieu de l’hiver, j’ai découvert en moi une invincible été” (In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me, there lay, an invincible summer).

A member of PAP – Parola ai Professionisti (a network of freelance interpreters and translators), for which she looks after their social media pages, Marta has followed courses in financial translation and online marketing over the last few months to complete her training.

Why did you choose the Interpretation degree course?

It was a decision that slowly dawned on me: at high school – which was science-based with a focus on languages – I discovered I had a real passion for foreign languages. Before getting my high school diploma, I went to the SSLMIT Open Day in Trieste (the Modern Languages Department for Interpreters and Translators), thanks to my English teacher, and it was love at first sight: the university and city literally bowled me over.

During my three-year degree, I became increasingly more passionate about interpretation… and now, here I am!

What’s your secret dream and how will the grant help you make it come true? 

My dream, with a capital D, is to work as an interpreter for the United Nations.

My lessons at the SSLMIT often involved simulated interpreting at public services or during medical examinations. This made me want to aspire towards a career as a community interpreter, a profession with a strong social commitment.

I want to use my skills to help the community and, thanks to this grant, I would like to keep studying abroad, just like I’ve done all throughout my education.

If I had to think about what I would be like in 5 years’ time, I would see myself as someone who understands their abilities and goals… and with my suitcase in my hand!


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