Seven Questions: Brynn Elliott
It's time for another 7 questions! We spotlight transcribers and coordinators who are part of the TypeWell community, interviewing each of them with the same seven questions. Today we have the opportunity to meet Brynn Elliott.
Brynn lives in Laramie, Wyoming and works at the University of Wyoming, the only university in the state. As the Communication Access Services Coordinator, Brynn sets up both interpreting and transcribing services for faculty and students, coordinates accommodations for a case load of students, interprets as much as possible, and does a lot of post-production captioning.
Brynn with her niece and nephew. When she's not working, she's busy being Aunty B.
1) If you had to describe your job to someone with no knowledge of TW in 30 seconds or less, what would you say?
Are you familiar with captions? We do that, only we do it live, so the students get everything the instructor says, almost as fast as he says it.
2) What did you study in college, or what were your favorite subjects in school?
I was a double major in Elementary Education and Sign Language Interpreting, when I finally realized I didn't want to teach. I would have only been a part time interpreting student, so I did everything except my student teaching: I changed my major to Educational Studies and picked up an art minor. Aside from my sign language classes, I would have to say that the random art classes I took here and there were my favorites.
Brynn with T. Rex
3) What do you believe are the most important skills or traits for a TypeWell transcriber (or coordinator) to have?
Flexibility! Go with the flow. Schedules change, new students crop up, and transcribers get sick, and it is never an opportune time. Roll with it. Everything will work out.
4) How many languages do you speak and what are they?
I speak American Sign Language and English.
5) If you could change anything about your work, what would it be?
I would like to have more Deaf students that use ASL so I could interpret more.
6) What is one misconception people have about you?
That I have it together all the time.
7) What's the weirdest thing we might find on your desk or in your bag?
A meditating T. Rex; sometimes he just hangs out. He was given to me as a gag gift on my birthday from a dear friend. The mileage we have gotten out of the laughter and inside jokes is priceless.
Thank you, Brynn!