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Juan Du

Summer 2019 - present. Juan Du is a student of the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, pursing a dual degree in Accounting and Economics. She is a native speaker of Chinese. She started learning English at the age of ten, and Cantonese when she was a junior at UMass Amherst. In January, she will be starting a position at EY as a Financial Services Organization Tax Associate in Boston. She hopes to use her language skills and what she has learned at the Translation Center in her future career. 

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Jiin Chung

Spring 2018 - currently abroadJiin Chung is a student of the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, pursuing a double major in Sociology and Public Health with a minor in Spanish. She is a native speaker of Korean. She started learning English at the age of nine, and is now determined to master Spanish. As an individual who highly values and promotes service and progress, she considers language and communication to be powerful tools. She aspires to work at the United Nations. In Spring 2019, she is participing in the Public Health in Havana, Cuba. 

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Adrelys Mateo Santana

Spring 2019 - present. Adrelys Mateo Santana is a third-year student pursuing a double major in Psychology and Spanish. She is a native Spanish speaker and started to learn English at the age of 14. She is passionate about the cognitive and physical development of children and she loves working with them. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she also became interested in the field of translation and hopes to continue learning more during her last couple of years at the university. Outside of academics, she enjoys doing film photography.

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Jia Lin

Fall 2015 - Spring 2019. Jia graduated in Spring 2019 with a degree in Accounting from Isenberg School of Management and the Commonwealth Honors College. She had been an assistant at the Translation Center for four years. This position interested her because it would allow her to practice her skills in Chinese Mandarin, her native language, and English, which she began learning when she was 11. Throughout the four years, she not only gained exposures to other languages, such as Spanish but also developed and reinforced communication skills and organizational skills. She will start a new journey in Boston. 

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Emma McPoland

Spring 2019. Emma graduated with an honors degree in Operations and Information Management and Spanish with the class of 2019. In August, she will be starting a position at Paytronix Systems as a Data Analyst. In the future, she hopes to continue to use what she has learned from the Translation Center about multilingual communication in her career. 

On her experience at the UMass Translation Center, Emma says: "I've learned so much about the business of translation and interpretation. Before working here, I did not realize just how much work goes on behind the scenes to transform documents from one language to another. By working on specific assignments and occasionally participating in the translation process as a translator or reviewer myself, I have grown an appreciation for translation and interpretation and the work that is put into each project. I've learned that no matter the project; whether it be a Spanish to English translation of a driver's license or an extensive multilingual translation project for a big corporation, the quality and attention to detail is the same."