(Not) The Only One?

As you’ve probaly guessed from the blog posts over the past few weeks, I’ve been finding the new online uni semester quite hard.

In particular, I’ve been struggling to get to grips with the new software in my Translation module. I missed one of the practicals and another workshop because I wasn’t well, so I’ve been behind since the start. The one class I did go to I felt very out of my depth.

How were some people finding it so easy?

However, in a Zoom Breakout Room, I met a few people who were also struggling and didn’t have any idea how to use the software. One of them had given up with it and recommended me another programme they found a lot easier to use.

I decided to read up on translation software on a few blogs. I’ve come to realise that I’m not the only one who finds the uni software unnecessarily complex. Many translators use it and it’s one of the industry leading tools. However, many translators don’t use it either. There are plenty of other options out there (some of them free) which can get the job done.

After doing this more intelligent work, I realised that I had been wasting a lot of time stressing about how to understand software that was overly complex. I’d refused to watch Youtube tutorials because I wanted to solve the problem.

This was probably my Necessary Humiliation for the day and another reminder why it’s much easier to work collaboratively and seek help. 

Now I’ve found a new (free) programme which I’m starting to get to grips with. It’s a lot simpler and more intuitive, but more importantly, I’ve come to realise that I’m not the only one struggling right now.

Last week, the teacher put on two drop-in sessions for those who were struggling with this semester’s translation work. I thought I would be the only one attending. In fact, well over half the class we’re in the same situation as me.

Sometimes, all we need to do is seek help to realise we’re not on our own.

When was a time recently you felt you were the only one struggling with something? Have you reached out for help since then?