Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Good Deed: Randolph students translate Chinese for local medical facility

Thanks to two Randolph College juniors studying Chinese, a local medical facility was able to help a patient be more comfortable as she recovered from surgery.

Recently, May Soe ’14 and Julie Doan ’14 were called on to translate for a Chinese-speaking patient at the Lynchburg Health and Rehabilitation Center. Within a few hours, they were at the patient’s side.

“They were worried that they might not be providing enough services because they couldn’t talk with her,” said Soe.

Julie Doan ’14 and May Soe ’14
The 86-year-old patient had been in an accident that required surgery, said Doan. “She was very lonely because there was no one she could talk to,” she said. “Her children live far away.”

Soe, from Myanmar, is majoring in business and minoring in Chinese Studies. Doan, who is from Vietnam, is majoring in political science and global studies and minoring in philosophy and Chinese Studies.

Each of them spent this summer in China. Soe was working in an internship with Energizer Corp. while Doan was studying in an intense Chinese program offered by Princeton University. Randolph’s Chinese program aims to help students learn to speak and read Chinese with the help of weekly tutoring sessions.

The students were happy to be able to use their language skills to assist someone locally. “It felt really good. It was our present to her,” said Doan, who also has translated Vietnamese for public schools near Randolph.

Nancy Goulde, coordinator of international student services, helped the rehabilitation center connect with Doan and Soe. “I am thankful and proud we have such caring students on campus,” she said.