Shylea Quinones Echevarria

Shylea Quinones Echevarria from Puerto Rico, United States, discusses her experience of studying the Interpreting MA course at London Met, made possible by her International Students House and London Met scholarship.

What did receiving this scholarship mean to you? 

It meant hope. It allowed me to hope for a better future. I received the news of my scholarship at a time in which I had lost hope and was settling for what I could accomplish within my means. This scholarship has restored my hope and given me the tools to strive towards my goals.

What do you like best about your course?

The people. I have been blessed with a great group of supportive and caring colleagues. They have welcomed me with open arms and have been a key aspect of my experience here.

Does anything surprise you about your course or London Met?

I have experienced both small and large universities and they tend to have little in common. However, at London Met I have been pleasantly surprised to notice that those two aspects seem to converge. London Met is a large university but it feels like a small one. It’s due to the great community of individuals that are part of it.

What do you like about life in London?

I love the diversity in London. It somewhat resembles a melting pot of cultures and languages.

What are your career plans once you complete your course?

I hope to continue in the Interpreting field either through further study or work. I have always been passionate about learning and I hope to continue that in the future.