Edna Lucía Santizo
Freelance Interpreter & Translator (Currently working with First 5 LA – Best Start Initiative)
I'm often asked where I studied to become an interpreter and I’m very proud to respond – Cal State Fullerton Extended Education,” Edna Lucia Santizo says.
“I completed both the CSUF Professional Translation and the Legal Interpretation (English/Spanish) certificates,” she explains. “And through my networking with the instructors and previous students in these programs, I was able to start working as an interpreter in 2011 when I was laid off from my previous job. Since then, I have been working as a freelance interpreter, mostly for community meetings in a variety of topics and causes.”
Santizo began the CSUF programs because she wanted to use her bilingual skills in “a career where those skills were highly appreciated and compensated.” She also wanted a flexible schedule with a variety of assignments.
“I really enjoyed the practical skills and experience that the CSUF instructors shared,” she says. “I had fun learning and interacting with the instructors and students of both certificate programs. Each class was designed to provide vocabulary acquisition and technique, but there was also a practical component which is essential for the success of any technical program.”
The instructors for the CSUF interpretation and translation programs are knowledgeable, experienced in the field and are always willing to provide additional resources and insight to give students a competitive edge,” Santizo adds.