By Julia S. | December 16, 2011
So, my blogger profile isn’t lying to you, but there is something I should fill you in on. It says that my dream job is to be an Interpreter for the CIA. I do think that would be pretty awesome. But another HUGE dream job of mine is to be an interpreter for the Olympics.
That’s right, the OLYMPICS! I’m officially writing this post in honor of the upcoming London 2012 Olympic Games.
Anyone that has spent a fair amount of time with me can tell you that I’m an Olympics fanatic, as well as an avid follower of USA Gymnastics. And, coincidentally, OSU Gymnastics. I am so PSYCHED to go to their meets this winter!
You may be wondering how I consider the Olympics a hobby/interest of mine considering that they only happen every 2 years. It manifests itself in a variety of ways, from keeping up with individual athletes to watching national/world championships of some of my favorite sports when I can. For example, did you know that:
- Shaun White’s birthday is September 3rd (And no, I didn’t Google that! :P)
- The 2014 Olympics will be held in Russia, 2016 in Brasil, and 2018 in South Korea.
- Mirai Nagasu should be on everyone’s radar screen for figure skating at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Okay, well, this is personal opinion… ;)
- Nastia Liukin is making a comeback and hopes to compete in the London 2012 Olympics (May I subtly insert here, that I am a HUGE Nastia Liukin fan, and that I may or may not have cried tears of joy in my hotel room in Honduras (I was on a mission trip) when she won the all-around gold medal in the Beijing Olympics)
I’m THRILLED she’s training again :D
Although I love the Olympics for the sheer athleticism and inspiration it brings, I also love the camaraderie. Watching nations from all over the world compete just for the sake of sports–regadless of any other current global events– is so exciting. Even though I’m a big supporter of Team USA, I have a lot of admiration for other institutions. I’m a huge fan of China’s divers, and Russia’s gymnasts are really peaking right now. One of my favorite parts of the Olympics is watching the opening ceremonies and seeing all the athletes from the different countries carry out their flags. Even better when there’s only one athlete from a country, and that lone athlete is carrying his or her country’s flag bursting with pride.
Even though the athletes deserve all the attention at the games, it does take an incredible amount of effort to interpret at the Olympics, even for those who’ve grown up bilingual. Sports jargon, high pressure scenarios, and the eyes—and ears—of literally the entire world is just a little of what makes the job so exclusive.
It’s also yet another reason why I’m entrusting my time and effort to OSU. Even though interpreting at the Olympics is just a dream, what’s the point of having a dream if I act as if it will never come true? Ohio State is a huge stepping stone in getting there, even if reaching this goal is still a long way off. With over 200 olympic athletes in our alumni, including track legend Jesse Owens, it’s hard not to feel like you’re in the presence of greatness every day at this univeristy.
And that’s totally the truth.
How am I spending my break, by the way?
Doing lots of Rosetta Stone for French (maybe my new double major?) and Spanish, and playing with my Italian Grehyounds, aka iggies.
And Xannie. She was named after the anti-anxiety medicine, Xanax. We didn’t name her, though… we adopted her from a rescue program :)
I’m also getting ready to head to South Carolina to see my older sister Kate (who happens to share my love of the Olympics as well :D) dance in the Nutcracker.
Rude Awakening: Weaning myself off of my nocturnal college sleep schedule onto a normal one is not going as smoothly as I’d planned! *_*
Pleasant Surprise: You know, I think it’s not too late for me to be an Olympian if I started taking curling lessons now. Right?
In firm friendship,
Julia Rose S.
Nastia Liukin picture: http://perfect10.rustyparts.com/2007/12/05/photo-of-the-week-nastia-liukin/
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