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Snowy view from my Drill

As one of the many resolutions I wrote for the new year, I decided to get a new job on campus this term. There are many opportunities available in a variety of departments, so there was a wide range of options I could choose from. If you are interested in learning more about work-study at Dartmouth, you can check my post on the subject here. One of the most popular choices for students who speak a language other than English is to teach drill. Drill sessions are an intrinsic part of the Rassias Method – the one used at Dartmouth to improve language learning – and constitute of three to five conversational hours a week, where students are instructed to engage with the material studied in class. To be a drill instructor is to guide students through simple exercises of active learning, always based off a dialogue. 

Now, I am teaching Spanish drill. The language – which is not my first nor second – had become one of my academic interests at college since Fall term. By engaging with it almost every day and helping others learn it, I feel like I am sharing a piece of this language and cultures that have brought me so much joy. 

Being an instructor has also allowed me to interact more with the Spanish and Portuguese Department faculty, which has been a great opportunity. Being closer to the professors who I hope to take classes with and whom I see as big academic inspirations is quite a privilege. And the more I learn about the department, the more fascinated and convinced I am that, perhaps, this would be a great minor for me. 

Work-study at Dartmouth is rarely just an opportunity to make money. With so many options available, students have the chance to turn these jobs into a professional, academic, cultural, or personal journey.

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