July 2018 Member Spotlight! Nayshunda O Burke
To be used as a vessel of communication and exposure to different networks of individuals.
My passion lies in learning from the various experiences during interpreting.
Never stop learning, training, be nice to all you encounter. I have a quote I reference sometimes, ” Some days you are the eagle and other days you are the statue”. After I remind myself of this, I just keep, keeping on and remember to pay it (wisdom) forward when I can.
My first official interpreting experience was at Ben Hill United Methodist Church, where I took classes from Thai Morris and later become chair of Deaf ministry.
I’m not exactly sure, but after putting in all the work at GPC, I was determined to make it in the field, especially after watching many of my peers return to their previous places of employment or putting their skill set on the back burner. By that time, I had a daughter and rent.
Introduced to ASL as a daughter of a mom who had dated a guy with d/Deaf parents and was curious about the language, she dragged me to classes at the Fulton County library downtown. Later met my first Deaf person in college and couldn’t pay attention to the professor due to watching the interpreter. After becoming good friends, graduating and gaining employment as graphic designers, the job I had at a Print/Design company went “belly up”, my Deaf friend/mentor Marc Bowman, told me to interview with Christine Smith at Georgia Perimeter College. He said, if she lets you in, you will be an interpreter, if not that means you figure something else out and no, I can’t help you with rent. That was about 13 yrs ago.
I guess the best way to answer this is to say, I’ve met sooo many wonderful people during this journey and had the opportunity to be “a jack of MANY trades and master of SOME”. I also enjoy being an independent contractor.
My training experience includes self-studies, socialization, college, workshops, webinars, seminars, membership in related organizations, mentorship, and prayer.
Trust yourself, lean not unto your own understanding – get a mentor, immersion in the community not only for gain but for friendships, study, train and stay open to learning.
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