Rocky and Me

Rocky and Me: Sam Libby ’17 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

The Rockefeller Center is the reason I came to Dartmouth College. During the 2012 election, I realized that the esoteric policy world in Washington affects me directly, and I wanted my college experience to prepare me to make a meaningful impact in that space. When I visited Dartmouth for the first time during Dimensions, I was choosing between Dartmouth and one other university, and while the open houses and barbeques that I attended were fun, they did not speak to my intellectual interests. On a whim, and at the urging of my mother, I attended the Rockefeller Center’s Open House, where I met Professor Ron Shaiko and learned about the public policy programs. I committed to Dartmouth immediately afterward in one of the best decisions of my life. Here's why I'm so grateful to Rocky for helping me make that fateful choice:

Rocky and Me: Deep Singh '17 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

Senior Celebration BBQ

The Rockefeller Center hosted its annual Senior Celebration BBQ on Tuesday, May 30th in honor of the Class of 2017. Festivities had to be moved indoors due to a rainy day, but the uncooperative weather did not dampen the lively conversation and fellowship over a delicious meal catered by Wicked Awesome BBQ.

Many seniors in attendance spent a significant portion of their time at Rocky over the past four years taking classes, participating in leadership programs, or working as student program assistants. Read their reflections about these experiences in our Rocky and Me series of website articles.

The event was organized by Program Officer Eric Janisch, who in addition to event planning, co-manages the Center’s Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) and the Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors program (D-LAB).

Rocky and Me: Joby Bernstein '17 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

Freshman trips was the first time I heard about the Rockefeller Center. My trip leader, Nick Shallow ’16, was a First-Year Fellow and involved with the Policy Research Shop. By the time I finished hiking that week, I was convinced that I needed to get involved with Rocky. I began by auditing PBPL 5: Introduction to Public Policy with Professor Shaiko during my freshman winter. At that point, I did not know if I wanted to be a First-Year Fellow or much about the course content. It only took me two weeks though to realize that public policy was for me and that I wanted to be part of the FYF program.

Rocky and Me: Mary Sieredzinski '17 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

In high school I was always involved in many clubs with leadership experiences, including sport, track and field. However, during my first year at Dartmouth I focused solely on track. When my training was not going as well as I had hoped, I turned to Rocky as a way to fulfill my desire for personal development. I first enrolled in the Management and Leadership Development Program my sophomore year. I think the biggest takeaway I had from MLDP, which I still reference on a daily basis, is the importance of understanding the Myers Briggs Personality Type Test. Since that session, I understand myself and others much more than before, and this knowledge has allowed me to develop stronger professional and personal relationships.

Rocky and Me: Sarah Han '17 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

After taking AP Macroeconomics in high school, I arrived at Dartmouth fairly sure that I wanted to study Economics. I attended an Economics open house in the Rockefeller Center, and quite literally fell into the Public Policy minor at Dartmouth and found myself a home at the Rockefeller Center. The Rockefeller Center has constantly supported my academic, extracurricular, and personal pursuits – from the Public Policy minor, to Rockefeller Leadership Fellows, to Rockefeller Mini-grants for Link Up. Through the Rockefeller Center, I have gained a space to reflect upon my various experiences and think critically about how I want to grow as a leader.

Rocky and Me: Doug Phipps '17 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

My time working for the Rockefeller Center has given me great confidence in my abilities to lead, facilitate, and communicate. Yes, those sound like buzzwords, but hear me out—it’s only the introductory sentence! Seriously: if you are looking to improve yourself, work an engaging on-campus job, or hear an honest perspective on the Rockefeller Center, I invite you to continue reading.

Rocky and Me: Ke Zhao '17 Senior Reflection

In our Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

Rocky and Me: Nikita Bakhru '17 Senior Reflection

In our Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

While at Dartmouth, I was fortunate to receive an interdisciplinary education, exploring classes in departments and ultimately deciding to major in Government. Outside of class, I spent much of my time choreographing, dancing, and performing with Raaz, Dartmouth’s South Asian fusion dance team, which I became captain of during my senior year. I have also served as Director of Parent Alumni Relations for my sorority, Alpha Phi, and as a member of women leadership organizations, such as Women in Science and Women in Business.

Rocky and Me: Mahnum Shahzad '15 Senior Profile

The Rockefeller Center encourages its outgoing seniors to reflect on their experiences at Dartmouth as part of a series called Rocky and Me.

I had very grandiose notions about leadership and growth when I came to college. College applications had me convinced that I was destined to change the world. Of course I had no clue what any of it meant or how I would eventually get there.

Mahnum Shahzad '15. Photo by Philip Son '16.

Perhaps that is why I decided to participate in the Management Leadership Development Program (MLDP). The experience taught me about the constant process of developing leadership skills and how leadership is a vision as much as the skills that one needs to become an effective leader. It redefined leadership for me as something less hierarchical and situation-driven to something that one could practice personally.

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