Gabriel's D-PlanWhat's a D-Plan?
FallHanover, NHFavorite Class: Indigistory
Taught by Gordon Henry, an Anishinaabe poet and author, this class taught me to explore Indigenous storytelling within digital contexts. I took this class with only seven other classmates, allowing us to really engage with films, comic books, and television shows in Indigenous languages or produced by Indigenous artists.
WinterHanover, NHFavorite Class: Historical Linguistics
Taught by Timothy Pulju, this class taught me how to identify and understand how languages evolve over time and why. I analyzed and reconstructed fictional languages of imaginary nations in order to understand the link between language and culture, and ended up having such an appreciation for the complexity and beauty of language's place in history!
SpringMyrtle Beach, SCFavorite Class: The End of the World
Taught by Lindsay Whaley, this class let me discover a newfound love for ancient apocalyptic literature. We analyzed ancient texts and compared them to modern apocalypses, looking at the zombie apocalypse phenomenon and other apocalypses in pop culture and comparing them to the ancient tradition of writing apocalypses. Additionally, I learned the Greek alphabet and now I can even stumble through ancient Greek passages.
Hitting the Fall Term Highlights
And just like that, I'm wrapping up my first term at Dartmouth. I've found it really difficult conveying exactly how time flows in college. It's like I've been here both forever and only just arrived. Here are my 19F highlights.
- No. 1
First-Year Trip - Hiking 1
Hiking 1 was probably one of the most interesting intros to hiking I could've imagined. I'd never gone on a hike before, but my trip leaders Brady and Eliza made it a blast — even if it was pouring rain for the entirety of our first day. My trippees (fellow freshmen on the trip) and I bonded over being wet and since then we've shared meals multiple times and still plan on hanging out in the future.
- No. 2
Indigenous Peoples' Day!
Being able to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day was such a phenomenal experience, and the entire month of October was filled with activities that allowed me to learn more about the cultures of my friends and peers from across the nation. It never ceases to amaze me how different and yet similar our backgrounds are. I can honestly say that I started to feel truly at home at Dartmouth during this month, but that's hard not to do when eating food that ranged from frybread to smoked octopus to spam musubi in dozens of celebrations of Indigenous cultural diversity. It was an absolute blast.
- No. 3
My first snowday at Dartmouth will probably fade from memory pretty quickly, but I can safely say that I've never been more excited for snow before Thanksgiving. It was hilarious watching all of my friends from tropical places look at snow for the first time and even funnier seeing them suit up in full suits of anti-cold armor (I'm talking like four or more layers here, guys) to brace themselves against the pre-winter chill. But yes, Dartmouth can get cold sometimes. I for one, with zero experience in New England, am actually pretty excited for this totally new experience (that, and the ice fishing and skiing to be done next term...).
Friday Freedom, or Why I Love Public Transportation
Happiness via West Lebanon is best defined as planless, McDonalds, queso, and missed bus rides: in that order. Who said Dartmouth students never left campus?