Looking back on my time in the Kent State ASL/English Interpreting Program, I am filled with os many positive memories that it's hard to know where to begin. Of course, the learning environment was extremely productive, supportive, and provided varying perspectives on all aspects of what interpreters do, but the program was much more than that. It was a passionate group of both working and future interpreters who believed wholeheartedly in leaving a positive mark on every place we go and individual we serve. Our cohort grew immensely together during those four short years and became a tight-knit group. I wouldn’t be who I am today without my fellow 2019 graduates! Their mentorship program even paired me up with the wonderful person who would later become my roommate during final practicum. ASEI ensures each student is able to become a successful, working interpreter with the proper tools to thrive in the professional environment and function as a life-long learner. I am forever grateful to my professors, peers, and deaf community members who aided in my graduating with the privilege of working in my dream career.  I am proud to be a Kent State ASEI Alumnus.

Julia Coulman, ‘19


The KSU interpreting program was definitely a unique one compared to the other ITP program that I previously graduated from. The road was rocky but your passion is worth fighting for. I truly enjoyed the classes that the program had to offer as well as the volunteer interpreting on and off of campus. My practicum experience was the best part of Senior year. Working in the interpreting field while going through the program helped me to improve my skill set and add to my interpreting toolbox. I am grateful that I had the opportunities to take advantage of all the program had to offer. 


I loved every moment of my time in the KSU interpreting program. Sure, there were plenty of different classes and lots of struggle toward self-improvement. But those experiences were exactly what I needed to prepare me for the challenging and rewarding work of ASL interpreting. My fondest memories of my time in college were the moments I spent studying, volunteering, and practicing with my fellow students. With such a small class size compared to other majors, we were able to build intimate friendships and support one another. Each of the professors was able to get to know us individually and as a class unit. They helped us to identify our strengths and weaknesses and worked with each of us to develop our skills. This kind of feedback is unique and should not be taken for granted. I know I will never forget the things I learned about myself and about interpreting through this amazing program. 

Janna- '19



The ASL/English Interpreting program at Kent State helped me prepare to be the best interpreter I could be. The professors all demonstrated great skill and knowledge in the profession. Our professors were welcoming and helped guide us through the program even when we came into the program barely knowing any sign language at all. As we grew and advanced in the program, they could target the skills we needed to improve on most as individuals, but also praised us on how far we’ve come. The ASEI program had great diversity allowing us to practice in different fields within the profession, such as Mental Health, Medical, Community, Educational, Video Relay and so on. We were fortunate to have so many opportunities within the Deaf/HOH community as well to practice our interpreting. Though this program was challenging at times, it surpassed my expectations and prepared me for graduation where I would then become a professional Interpreter, working alongside my cohort but also my professors. I continue to develop as a professional Interpreter and improve my skills daily as I was able to be hired right after graduation as a VRS and community Interpreter. I truly love what I do and couldn’t thank my professors and fellow classmates for their constant support and feedback. I am a proud Kent State Alumnus, with the highest of praise for this program. 

- Alyssa, ’19


My time at KSU's ASL/English Interpreting program was a major stepping stone in my professional and personal life. Not only did it prepare me for the real world of interpreting, but also for pursuing professional development through graduate education. The instruction and wisdom of my professors gave me tools I still use today to succeed. Even now they are still available to provide guidance, and that is a resource I treasure from KSU! My classmates and I also became close during our time together to create a support system that can get you through anything. Their mentorship program connected me with fellow student interpreters and taught me the value of sharing experiences to better the next generation of interpreters. I would not be where I am today without my KSU family.

Christina (Watson) DeHart- '19

Kent State's ASL/English Interpreting Program surpasses all expectations for what a school can do for a student. This program takes its students beyond the classroom setting by giving you opportunities to interpret and learn in professional settings as well. Your teachers ensure you have the experience, background knowledge, support system, appropriate skills, and ability to succeed in whatever interpreting area you choose. Kent invests in its students more than any typical 4 year degree- giving you life long mentors, teachers, and co-workers. I was able to learn from some of the most qualified interpreters, hone my skills, and network in a way no other program could provide. Even after graduating, my professors and classmates continually stay in touch passing along seminars, workshops, job opportunities, and Deaf events. If you are looking for a school that challenges you while preparing you for success, Kent is for you.  

Lucas' pictureKSU Interpreting program provided me with the necessary skills needed for a variety of interpreting settings!


Kent State's Interpreting Program was challenging and rewarding. My professors were always available when I had questions, and were a great support when I needed it. There was always opportunities to have some hands-up experience to serve the community. All of this, made me become the interpreter I am today. Thanks, Kent State!  -D.W. '18


Kent State's ASEI program gave me everything I had been looking for. The teachers were all professional interpreters with real experiences who could answer all my questions and challenge me to not just meet the standards, but surpass them. I found a family that I could share with and learn from, and the skills I learned are the skills I use on the job every day. I was hired before I even graduated and have never been happier. Thank you, Kent! -M.R. '18

The ASL/English Interpreting program gave me the opportunity to learn from professional seasoned interpreters. The program also provided me with a multitude of volunteer opportunities for me to improve in my field. All the tools I learned in and outside the classroom, I carry with me into every setting I interpret in.