I had an important meeting this week. The meeting room is huge, and what sound doesn't "disappear" turns into echoes. To make matters worse, I knew for a fact there would be soft-spoken people present, as well as people with strong foreign accents. So I decided to bite the bullet and use an interpreter for my first time ever.
I have to admit, I was a bit anxious about this whole ordeal. Probably more of a "fear of the unknown" thing, but nonetheless not an easy thing to come to grips with. I worried about my ASL proficiency not being quite good enough. I worried about being able to pay attention both to the faces/emotions of the people speaking as well as the interpreter. Overall, I must say that my fears in this case were completely unfounded. It was wonderful to sit through a meeting and not wonder what I missed when "that person" was talking and I couldn't hear and/or understand them.
I hope all future interpreter situations are as easy as this one!