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The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center
Dartmouth College
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Hanover, NH 03755 USA
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Create Your Path

"Reflection is the most important aspect of leadership that gets the least amount of attention." - David Ager, Senior Director of Executive Education at Harvard Business School


Reflection, self-awareness, and direction are foundational to leadership. The Create Your Path program offers you a guided opportunity to step back and deeply reflect on the essential elements of what has driven and defined you, then learn innovative skills to make a strategic plan for your future.

The program consists of 6 short online video workshops (about 15 minutes each) to complete on your own, followed by a Capstone Session on campus to make your path a reality.

  • You can participate in Create Your Path at any time during the year, with opportunities at the beginning of every term for the culminating Capstone Experience.
  • This is a program that you can access from your own computer or mobile device.
  • Open to all class years and majors, with no prior Rockefeller Center engagement required. Also open to Dartmouth alumni, faculty, and staff.
  • The online section is self-guided, so you decide when to complete the video workshops and activities before returning to campus for the Capstone Session.
  • The most popular time to complete the 6 online workshops is during the interim periods between terms when you can take the needed time to reflect with fewer distractions.
  • Activities are built into the online workshops, so you can pause the videos and resume when you have completed each activity.


Click on the videos below to hear the reactions of Edgar Sandoval '14 and Hunter Kappel '14 after participating in Create Your Path:




Video Workshop 1 - Your Building BlocksCYP workshop 2

Gain an understanding of the whole program and the process used to reflect, strategize, and innovate your academic and professional life. The reflection begins with identifying the building blocks of your specific resources and experiences. 

Video Workshop 2 - A Hero's Journey CYP workshop 1

Converge the various reflections and introspections you have engaged in to enhance your understanding and self-knowledge. Integrate the reflective knowledge that you have gained into a clear and progressive story of your own life's journey that gives you insight into the path you have taken.

Video Workshop 3 - Map Your Mind CYP workshop 3

Utilize the micro and macro reflections you have done in the previous workshops to give insight into the specific strengths or most powerful skills that you have and the passionate interests that deeply engage you. Use these to map your mind for deeper insight.

Video Workshop 4 - Your Artifacts CYP workshop 4

Develop meaning, understanding, focus, and the potential to leverage your own collection of strengths, interests, and values that make you unique and high potential. Gain experience in communicating this. Integrate the micro and macro reflection of experiences with the micro and macro reflection on personal characteristics.

Video Workshop 5 - A Vision for the Future CYP workshop 5

Focus now on the future. Utilize the self-knowledge that you have constructed about yourself to develop a new vision for future professional and academic success. Start applying an innovation system to create a vision for the future and engage in a strategic process to go from challenge to questions. Think intentionally and innovatively about your future, both immediate and long-term. Learn deconstruction and construction skills that break a big challenge down into smaller ideas as you are guided through generating more and better ideas for yourself with tools and techniques.

Video Workshop 6 - Plan of Action CYP workshop 6

Follow a process to re-construct your ideas into stronger, more developed concepts - like a portfolio of intellectual property for your own academic and professional life to help you build valuable personal knowledge and creative assets. Move from analyzed and synthesized concepts into a strategic plan of action that can be easily communicated. Leverage your strengths and interests with resources and tools to create a new path towards a meaningful academic and professional destination.

Capstone SessionDarin Eich during the Create Your Path Discussion Session

Now is your chance to take your own "first next step" to make your path a reality. The Capstone Session consists of two parts. Part 1: A process of refinement at the Rockefeller Center with Darin Eich PhD, developer of the video workshops. This session is held during the first week of every term. There you will have a chance to share your story, get feedback on your personal plan, and learn additional skills to refine your personal plan. Part 2: Rockefeller Center staff will be at the Capstone Session to advise and connect you to resources at Rocky and throughout campus to help launch you forward. So the second part is to identify what to do or who to connect to next and take that first step on the path that you have created.


For More Information, Contact

Samuel T. Williamson, Program Coordinator, Co-curricular Programs

Last Updated: 5/18/15