Antônio Jorge Medeiros Batista Silva
Antônio's D-PlanWhat's a D-Plan?
FallOn campusFavorite Class: SPAN 20: Writing and Reading
This class is an introduction to the Spanish minor and major courses and, although I did not expect to particularly like it, it not only turned out to be my favourite but it made me start considering a degree in the department!
WinterOn campusFavorite Class: THEA 10.68: Staging Rebellion
In this class, we analysed different productions of Latinx American theatre. Prof. Analola Santana was probably the best person I met this year at Dartmouth. Being her student was a very important experience as I try to navigate my potential majors and minors.
SpringOn campusFavorite Class: NAS 30.25: Intro Indigenous Languages
In this class, I was able to carve time out of my busy Dartmouth schedule to study and learn my Indigenous language: Krenak. With the help of Prof. Gokke, all students were encouraged to develop a final project that spoke to their community's needs for language learning and revitalisation. It was an extremely important class for me, not only academically, but also for my personal healing process.
FallMadrid, SpainFavorite Class: SPAN 36: Urban Identities
I had the honour of spending my sophomore fall in Madrid, taking part in the Spanish FSP. There, Prof. Martín was not only a great professor, responsible for my favourite lecture of the program, but also an incredible company throughout our classes and in-country trips. Great way to wrap up my Spanish minor, honestly!
WinterOn campusFavorite Class: NAIS42: Gender Topics in Native American Life
This was my second class in the NAIS department, and thus it took me one step closer to wrapping up my major. Nonetheless, it was Prof. Powell's genuine charisma and caring personality that made it my favourite of the term!
Always something new!
There's always something new to do at Dartmouth. Want to see what I found out recently?
- No. 1
New study spot!
To be honest, a lot of my time at Dartmouth is spent in my room. It's a me thing; I like my own space. My room is where I host my friends, hold study sessions, have Zoom meetings, etc. But, since returning for junior year, I have been exploring different spaces around campus. My favorite spot was hidden right in front of my eyes—especially great for studying. I come to FoCo (our main dining hall) every single day, but just now, I started using it for studying. In this corner, I get all the lighting needed to lock in and focus on my work, and there's still unlimited coffee!
- No. 2
This term brought along new connections. Both during the rush process of my Greek House—when we welcomed new members—and also in classes and clubs, I met great new people. Since my closest friend group is currently dispersed around the world—not that I'm complaining since they are all studying abroad in incredible places—it meant a lot to me to be able to build new friendships. This term in particular, I surrounded myself with friends I made who had—like me—just got back from an adventure. Some are dual-degree students from other liberal arts colleges who come to Dartmouth to complete their Engineering degrees. Others were abroad, and we finally got the chance to reconnect.
- No. 3
Same club, new directions!
Finally, another spin in my Dartmouth routine took place in one of the clubs I've been a part of since my first year: the college radio. I am now taking on the role of project manager at our station, meaning I get to work closely with other radio leadership, as well as college staff whose work is to support us. It's been a great experience to get to know how the station is run from the inside, not only as a show host but as part of the backstage crew.
My favorite things about Fall term!
Fall term is always a refreshing time. Come see what makes it my favorite term!
- No. 1
The sky is blue, often cloudy, but sunny for most of the quarter. And, oh boy! When the weather begins to chill down, there's nothing more comfortable than pulling out my sweater collection from the bottom drawer and bringing it back to my daily fits. It might be a me thing, but fall looks are my best looks…
- No. 2
Meeting first-year students!
A thousand new people for you to familiarize yourself with—a thousand new potential friends, teammates, coworkers, etc. I've been loving getting to know the '27s, and I enjoy seeing them find ways of making Dartmouth feel like their new home. The adaptation process is not always easy, especially if you come from a completely different reality—as in the case of Francisco, my "little" in the Dartmouth Brazilian Society. It's interesting how the big-little dynamics play an important role at this moment. I felt like I could truly offer my experiences as a resource to Francisco as he learned to navigate the college by himself.
- No. 3
New profs, old profs
During my first term here at Dartmouth (the fall of 2021), I found myself taking some unexpected classes. I wanted to get a real taste of the liberal arts education, and so I did by enrolling in classes I would have never considered taking before. "SPAN20: Writing & Reading," for example, was a game changer for me. It was there and then that I decided to take more Spanish classes, which now are building up towards a double major. I had hoped to take more of Prof. Pastor's classes as I progressed in the department offerings, but for most of my time at Dartmouth, she has been away on a sabbatical. Now, she is back! Just like the student body, Dartmouth's faculty is ever-changing. While you might not see your favorite professor every year, there'll always be a strong bond between you, your classmates, and the instructor—something I truly celebrate.