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Seven Questions: Robin Comforto

Our Seven Questions series continues, in which we interview transcribers and coordinators who are part of the TypeWell community.

This month we visit with Robin Comforto, who lives in Corvallis, Oregon. Robin is an Associate Faculty Member at Oregon State University.

If you had to describe your job to someone with no knowledge of TypeWell—in 30 seconds or less—what would you say?

I transcribe lectures and classroom banter in real time for hearing-impaired students on special laptop computer software to give them equal access to "hearing" aspects of their higher education.

If you could change anything about your work, what would it be?

That sneezing, sniffling students stay in their dorms or at the very least not sit right behind me in class.  Also, less student congestion on streets, walkways, and bicycle racks between classes... A sea of crowded bicycle racks

What do you believe are the most important skills or traits for a TypeWell transcriber to have?

Blending in, being neutral in all matters, listening, remembering things with accuracy, and having a tendency toward perfectionism.

What did you study in college, or what were your favorite subjects in school?

Music and math.

What skill or expertise do you feel like you’re still missing?

I want to continue learning TypeWell Math Mode with more tutorials.

Baked PotatoWhat's the weirdest thing we might find on your desk or in your roller bag?

A cold baked potato for a snack between classes.

How and at what age did you learn to type, or what did you enjoy about learning to type?

High school junior year. I was a fast learner as well as a fast typist. My typing teacher encouraged me to cut class once in a while.


Edited by Betty Barnes

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