Susan Curl studied in Valencia not once, but twice, and fell in love with Spain. She knew early on that she wanted to spend more time in Spain after completing her first study abroad experience the summer following her first year, and then returned for a full fall semester her third year.
Professor Fernando Operé, founder of UVA’s Valencia program and a professor of Spanish, was not only her professor and advisor during her undergraduate years, but continued to be a mentor through graduation and beyond. From supporting her in her search for an internship in Madrid, to her post-graduation plans, he and his involvement in the Valencia program helped forge a path that would, unbeknownst to her at the time, set her on her current professional trajectory. From an internship at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid to teaching business English at Banco Santander, Prof. Operé encouraged her to keep pursuing her dream of living in Madrid.
For Curl, who graduated with a degree in Spanish Language and Culture with a minor in International Business in 2007, it was important to use her language degree in her career. Curl started her translation career in 2009 with a translation services company in New York – Curl Translations -- with her business partner Pamela Boyle in 2012.
She pursued a two-year master’s degree in translation and interpretation from Universidad Complutense in Madrid starting in 2012, and followed it up with a second year-long program at the same university to specialize in legal translation.