Alumna profile: Debra Donson
Debra finished her M.A. in Linguistics (TESOL option) in Spring 2001.
What is your current job? How did you find it?
I currently work as an LA Superior Court Spanish Interpreter. After completing undergraduate studies in Spanish, I heard about the need for court interpreters and began a certificate program in interpretation/translation. .
What was helpful about the education you received in the program?
I found the program to be challenging, practical, interesting, supportive, and applicable. The dedicated professors provided a balance of real world & theory in the classroom. The things I learned at CSULB continue to inform how I perform and view my role as a court interpreter.
.What was your most memorable moment as a student?
Feeling encouraged by my professor to articulate that moment of discovery when I suddenly had a linguistic epiphany in the middle of a class presentation.
Any advice for current students?
Take and enjoy every opportunity to talk to fellow students about their languages.
(updated April 2013)