Prize winner Marta is never lost in translation

This year’s winner of London Met’s National Student Survey (NSS) prize says her addiction to filling in questionnaires has finally paid off!

Date: 20/08/2012

This year’s winner of London Met’s National Student Survey (NSS) prize says her addiction to filling in questionnaires has finally paid off!

BA Translation student Marta Stelmaszak scooped £1,000 after filling in the NSS and being entered into the prize draw.   

“My friends think it’s really funny because I always fill in questionnaires as soon as I see them. I actually filled in the NSS on the day it came out”, said Marta. “I’m just crazy about surveys!”

Marta was on holiday when she found out she’d won, and didn’t quite believe it. “I checked my emails when I was away and that’s when I saw the message. At first I thought, ‘this is a joke’, but when I saw the full email I realised I had won £1,000! It was fantastic.” 
 
The talented linguist, who is fluent in Polish, English and French and has a good grasp of Norwegian, now intends to invest her prize money in furthering her education at London Met. She is applying for the MA Conferencing Interpreting course in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Originally from Kalisz in Poland, Marta has always wanted to be a translator, and dreams of one day publishing the great Polish poems of the twentieth century into English.  In the meantime, a career in political translating is appealing, which is why she came to London Met to study.

“I did an internet search for translating courses and London Metropolitan University came up. As soon as I saw it I thought: ‘this is where I need to go.’ 

“What I really appreciated about London Met is the wide range of support you receive, not just academically but in careers advice as well. There is a lot of support and we also had the opportunity to undertake work placements as part of the course.

“The fact that the course is career-focused is really helpful, and I think this has added a lot to my future prospects.”

Marta has received a First Class degree from London Met, and hopes to start her MA Conference Interpreting in the autumn. 

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