Name: Megan May Falk
LC position: Consultant
Where are you originally from? Maplewood, Minnesota
Where do you currently live? River Falls, Wisconsin
How did you become a translator/interpreter?
My grandpa spoke German, which inspired me to start learning it in high school. When I began my undergraduate degree, I was uncertain what to study, but eventually decided to double major in German and Creative Writing. After college, I continued learning German independently and through the Germanic American Institute in Saint Paul, MN. In 2019, I took an intensive German course in Heidelberg, which helped me decide to continue my education further. In 2022, I was accepted into the TIS Program at UW-Milwaukee for German to English translation and will graduate in December 2023 with my Master’s in Translation.
What are your areas of specialization?
I specialize in historical/museum and environmental translations, including Kurrentschrift transcription and translation.
What do you like about ATA?
Being a member of the ATA is an enriching experience. It provides a platform for professional networking, connecting me with like-minded translators and interpreters and fostering valuable collaborations. ATA’s commitment to continuous learning offers access to a wealth of educational resources. ATA’s advocacy efforts, access to resources, and the supportive community it offers make it an essential part of my career, providing representation, support, and a sense of belonging within the dynamic world of language professionals.
Tell us about your position on the GLD Leadership Council.
I am a student consultant for the GLD. I hope my perspective as a student ATA member will benefit the division and the ATA.
Anything else you would like to share? (hobbies, interests, etc.)
I’m an avid reader of many genres; recently, I’ve been reading a lot of sci-fi, historical fantasy, memoirs, and personal transformation/self-help books. I love to spend time outdoors, whether in the summer or winter, hiking, kayaking, swimming, ice skating, skiing, etc. I’m also a fan of live music and enjoy going to concerts.