Spanish & Portugese

Ali Flanagan ‘10 SPAN-AliFlanagan
F09-S10 D-plan: R-R-R
Spanish Peninsular Literature major, Biology minor
Pre-med

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

The small class size and intimate class setting it facilitates is my favorite thing about the Spanish department.   The diversity of classes is also great, because it allows you to cover a wide variety of topics but also provides the opportunity to explore similar topics from a variety of different angles and perspectives. The accessibility of professors and their willingness to meet with students outside of class is fantastic as well.  The professors’ interest in the material they teach is also evident and inspiring, which makes each class that much more engaging.

Important info for potential majors:

When planning a Spanish major, look at ORC far in advance to make sure you don’t miss a class you are interested in, since some classes are not offered very often.  Also, take advantage of the professors’ office hours!

Talk to me if:

You are interested in Spanish literature and want to know how Spanish can relate to health care and medicine, or how to combine Spanish with another academic interest.

Most valuable academic info learned:

Study what you are passionate about, and not what you think you “should” study.  Four years at Dartmouth flies by, and that time is best spent taking classes you enjoy most.  I believe taking a wide variety of classes and taking advantage of the great liberal arts education we are offered here is also very important. After graduation we won’t have the chance to study most of the topics in classes offered to us here, so we should take advantage of that while we can.

Favorite class and professor:

All of the Spanish classes I have taken have been great, but Spanish 61 with Professor D’Lugo (a visiting professor during 08X) has been my favorite. It inspired my interest in Spanish film, and it was interesting to learn how film analysis relates and contrasts to analysis of written literature.

Major classes taken:

SPAN 9, 21, 24, 31, 34, 36, 37, 61 (as 20)

Major journey:

Originally a science major, I decided to major in Spanish after going on the Madrid FSP.  I studied Spanish throughout high school but didn’t take my first Spanish class at Dartmouth until my sophomore fall.  My plans are still to apply to medical school, and realizing that taking full advantage of the liberal arts curriculum at Dartmouth before devoting the remainder of my academic and professional life to science is a top priority for me.

Other activities:

Delta Delta Delta – Academic Development Chair; Women’s Club Volleyball – Co-Founder; Senior Tour Guide; DHMC Cancer Research Assistant – HHMI Fellow and Presidential Scholar; Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science – Online Content Editor

Off-campus program:

Spanish FSP in Madrid, 08F

Internship experience:

Spanish Medical Translator at St. Luke’s Hospital in NYC, 09X.
Research Assistant (Class of ’74 Research Award Grant Recipient) at DHMC, 09S.

sliderColleen Doherty    ’10SPAN-ColleenDoherty
F09-S10 D-plan: R-R-R
Spanish major; French minor

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

I love and hate the size of the department. Every term there are several interesting classes to choose from, all on different topics or focusing on different Spanish-speaking groups. It can be difficult, however, to feel like you know the professors because there are so many of them and so many students vying for their attention.

Important info for potential majors:

The requirements for the major have changed recently, so be sure to double-check that you’re following the current regulations. Those rules have made the major more flexible, so you could take classes on unrelated topics and end up without any in-depth idea of one aspect of the Spanish-speaking world. I recommend focusing your studies on some general time, geographic area, or topic so there is some cohesion to your major.

Talk to me if:

Talk to me if you’re completely obsessed with Spain: studying it, going there, etc.

Most valuable academic info learned:

You will work harder and do better in classes on subjects you are passionate about, so take those interesting classes even if you’re worried they’ll be difficult or a lot of work.

Favorite class and professor:

My favorite course was Spanish 56 on Don Quijote with Alina Sokol. I fell in love with Don Quijote and Professor Sokol in this class. Reading the book is such a difficult and such a rewarding experience. An added bonus is that native Spanish speakers are very impressed that I’ve read the whole thing because so few people have.

Major classes taken:

SPAN 9, 20, 24, 32, 34, 36, 37, 50, 56, 61

Major journey:

I am the rare case that came into college knowing their major and never changed it. I did consider a double major with ENVS for a while, and I have added the French minor, but Spanish has been my focus all along. I included the French minor because I wanted to keep up my speaking ability after returning from France my sophomore year.

Major-specific activities:

Research assistant to Professor del Pino; drill instructor for summer ALPs during 09X

Other activities:

The Tabard – Vice President; ESL Tutoring; ECO

Off-campus program:

French LSA+ in Toulouse, 08W and Spanish FSP in Madrid, 08F