University of Chicago
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Childhood dreams and reality
One of the most difficult problems a young person faces is deciding what to do about a career. There are individuals, of course, who from the time they are six years old “know” that they want to be doctors or pilots or fire fighters, but the majority of us do not get around to making a decision about an occupation or career until somebody or something forces us to face the problem. Choosing an occupation takes time, and there are a lot of things you have to think about as you try to decide what you would like to do. As for me, I always wanted to be an interpreter and for a while I wanted to be a lawyer. I thought these are interesting and useful professions. My parents have a large library and they taught me to like books. I could spend all night reading books. My favourite subjects in school were German, Literature and History. My favourite German writers are Erich Maria Remarque, Thomas Mann and Hermann Hesse. Once at the class of Literature, our teacher told us that, translated literary works lost much of their beauty. She said that poetry was very hard to translate. From that day on I had a dream. I wanted to read my favourite books in original, so that I would enjoy the real beauty of those books.
I wanted to become an interpreter due to some reasons. I imagined myself being an elegantly dressed woman on high hills interpreting at business conferences and taking part in various workshops. I like meeting new people and making new friends. I would love such an occupation. Besides, this profession is very useful because it helps people to understand each other. Now I am a student of the interpreter`s department at Minsk State Linguistic University. Every day we occupy ourselves with different kinds of activities, for example, we make a careful study of grammar, we read different kinds of texts and, thus, we enrich our vocabulary, we translate texts on different topics, such as information technologies, ecological problems, technical manuals and so on. It is an interesting profession because an interpreter meets people from different countries and cultures all the time and has an opportunity to learn much about them. It allows to bridge a gap between different cultures and, to crown it all, to broaden our horizons. That`s why I believe, my dream is coming true.