Introducing our Student of the Week: Jonathan De Anda
Jonathan is a Junior at Dickinson College currently studying Studio Art with a concentration in Photography. At Dickinson, he is apart of the Latin American Caribbean Club as well as the program MOB. Additionally, he is apart of the Non-Profit Org. Posse Foundation, which involves him receiving a full-tuition scholarship. His Posse at Dickinson is comprised of him and 9 other students, many of which are studying abroad this semester in cool places like India, Argentina and Copenhagen! In his free time, you can find him walking around and shooting photos while listening to music. He finds it really relaxing!
Where are you from, where do you go to school and if you could live anywhere in the world; where would you live?
I’m from Bell, a city in Los Angeles, California. I go to Dickinson college in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on scholarship. If I could live anywhere, I would live in Madrid, Spain because my parents are Mexican, I speak fluent Spanish and I’ve always wanted to live there since I did a project on it in 4th grade.
What’s something nobody knows about you?
Something that nobody knows about me is that I absolutely hate ketchup.
What is your major? How do you think attending Temple Rome this semester will help further your professional goals?
As a Studio Art major with a concentration in Photography, my goal is to work in film and media, specifically as a Director of Photography. At Temple University Rome, I have been exposed to a variety of art, great professors and unfamiliar mediums that have pushed me as an artist to try new things. Learning about/trying new mediums helps me with every other medium because they all relate to each other in certain ways.
Rome is an ancient city filled with many secrets. What is your favorite hidden gem spot you’ve found in Rome or here at TUR? (study spot, park, favorite restaurant, anything!)
I’m a pizza lover, so naturally my favorite hidden gem spot is Da Michele- the pizza place inside of the children’s museum. It’s quick, delicious and cheap pizza, and you’ll probably run into some cute little kids speaking Italian.
What would like to accomplish by the end of the semester here at TUR?
As it comes to the end of the semester, I want to complete my finals and be proud of my work that I produce.
What is your favorite class you’re taking this semester, and why? What are you most excited to learn about?
My favorite class this semester is Darkroom Photography. Not only is Lucy Clink is an amazing professor who is very knowledgeable, but the class environment is fun and all of my classmates make being in a red darkroom for 5 hours enjoyable. As a photographer, it was humbling having to physically develop my photos from scratch. With film, the process is all about trial and error to get the results you’re looking for. Throughout the semester I got used to the long process, and continued to learn new methods to apply to my work.
What advice would you give to students thinking about attending Temple Rome in the future?
I would advise future students to get to know Rome itself. So many students are constantly focused on their next trip, when they’re already in a very beautiful city that is rich with history and filled with hidden gems. I would say, take some time to go on a walk by yourself or get on the train with a couple of friends and get off at a random stop. You’ll find something that will fascinate you undeniably.