The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Recognizing Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant Abigail Chen '17

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In this series, the Rockefeller Center features our Student Program Assistants, student staff who contribute significantly to the success of the Center’s events, programs, and activities.

As an intended major in Computer Science, Abigail Chen '17 did not expect to be involved with the Rockefeller Center in the way she is now. Abigail started working at the Center last term as a Student Photographer, a position that sees her attending the many public programs, lectures, workshops and student discussion panels to capture pictures of the different events. Photography is a long time hobby of Abigail’s, and she is glad to be able to pursue this hobby at Dartmouth. She explains "Photography is something that I really enjoy and being able to apply it in a way that is useful for a lot of people is really gratifying for me."

Student Photographer Abigail Chen '17. Photo by Tim Serkes.

Abigail really enjoys how the Rockefeller Center gives her an interdisciplinary experience. She explains that "working for the Center gives me a chance to meet different people and a chance to have different experiences that I would not otherwise have and has allowed me to stay in contact with a lot of friends that I would not have otherwise met who are really cool people."

Many of the Student Program Assistants at the Rockefeller Center have expressed that the center has become more than just a place of work for them but also a place where they have met new people and forged new friendships. This component has been an integral part of Abigail’s experience at the Center.

Abigail’s supervisor, Elizabeth Celtrick, Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Programs, says that "Abigail inquired about working at Rocky at the beginning of Winter Term at the exact moment we were in need of another photographer. The timing couldn’t have been better. I talked to her about the job, and I think she was photographing an event the very next day. She just jumped right in and has been such a valuable member of the team ever since."

-Written by Niamé Daffé '18, Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant

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