Major: Women's studies
Senior Fall 2016
The Barrier Breaker
Dhaara Antani is a dedicated student. An avid learner. A committed scholar. Maybe too committed, to hear her tell it.
Her first year at U-M, Antani was living on North Campus, studying a lot. Books were her comfort zone. She was laser focused in on academics, sometimes to the exclusion of other opportunities.
But with the help of friends, she started branching out.
“When I was stressed about school, they would hide my homework. We would find other things to do. It taught me that I gain a lot of enjoyment out of other people, and it made me grow as a person versus just as a student.”
One small social step has led to another for Antani, who has worked hard to challenge herself and take advantage of all that LSA offers—far beyond academics.
Take the Body Peace Corps, for example, a campus organization that works to foster positive body image and prevent eating disorders. Antani liked the organization right away because it actually accomplished things. “Some clubs are just a gathering, but this club had lots of projects to get involved with, and we could all contribute whenever and wherever we could,” she says.