Edilsa Sofía Monterrey-Quintero de Bassilli
Hometown: Panama City, Panama. Currently living in Egypt.
Program: MFA in Literary Translation
Why did you choose to pursue your graduate degree at BU?
My reason for choosing BU to pursue my studies was that this university offers an excellent curriculum in specialized studies in translation. There are great scholars and modern facilities. In addition to these, I was granted a partial scholarship, for which I am grateful. Boston University is also the alma mater of Martin Luther King, an inspirational international figure.
Please describe your experience preparing to begin your program.
From the moment I expressed my interest in joining BU, all those involved in the process have been very welcoming and helpful. After admission, and in order to prepare us for the experience, BU organized virtual events and answered our queries. The process has been smooth, and personalized in some cases, according to the circumstances. It is easy to communicate, and there is mutual respect and consideration. Security and well-being are of utmost importance for the BU community.
We know that learning looks very different this semester for most of our students. What has your experience learning remotely been like?
Indeed, this year has been different in many areas of our lives. Despite all the restrictions imposed to deal with COVID-19 and thanks to BU’s “Learn from Anywhere” option, I was able to start my program on time. Even though I have not been able to travel to Boston, I attend classes remotely at the scheduled times. Being in two different time zones requires organization. There are resources available online to enhance the learning experience. I consider myself fortunate because my classes are in small groups, where each one of us can express him/herself, exchange views, and learn in a friendly atmosphere.
What are you most looking forward to when you join us on campus next semester?
When I can join my program on campus, I look forward to meeting all my professors and other staff with whom I have been in contact throughout these months, to feel some normality in studying at university and being involved with people, and to visit the cultural sites in the historic city of Boston.
What do you hope to do after you graduate?
After graduation, I intend to continue working professionally in translation. I would love to work with an author. Research is an integral part of this specialty.
Where do you hope to live after you graduate?
When I complete my studies, I want to move back to Panama, where I will be settling after years of living abroad.