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Student Profile: Susanna Kalaris '16

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Susanna Kalaris '16, Maureen Mentrek '16 and Mariel Wallace '16 were all
First-Year Fellows last summer and completed MLDP this winter.

The Rockefeller Center sat down with Susanna Kalaris '16, who completed MLDP as one of the Top 3 points earners in Winter 2014. As a result, the Rockefeller Center decided to speak with her about her Dartmouth experience.

  • What are you involved in on campus?

    On campus, I'm a member of the club figure skating, field hockey and ice hockey teams, as well as Alpha Phi sorority. Within Alpha Phi, I'm the Vice President of Risk Management for the summer, and I was the Philanthropy Chair this past winter.

  • Why did you participate in MLDP? How did you benefit?

    I participated in MLDP to continue my involvement with the Rockefeller Center, and further develop the skills I acquired in Civic Skills Training this past summer. After such a positive experience as a First-Year Fellow, MLDP was the perfect program to maintain my participation within the Rockefeller Center, while networking with my peers and experts in the field of leadership. I continued to develop skills that are crucial in the workplace and in leadership, as MLDP allowed me to block out time each week to focus on such important behaviors. The speakers were interesting and thoughtful, and truly allowed each participant to engage with the material and subject matter at hand.

  • What are some of your plans for the remainder of your time at Dartmouth? What do you hope to accomplish?

    This spring, I'm in Paris on the French Foreign Study Program, and I'll be abroad once more in the fall as part of the Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange, run by the Rockefeller Center. When I return to campus in the winter, I plan to continue my involvement with club sports and Alpha Phi as well as maintain my involvement in the Rockefeller Center through their Global Leadership and Leadership Fellows programs.

  • Do you have an idea what you would like to do after Dartmouth?

    After Dartmouth, I would love to work in the field of international relations or constitutional law. Whether for the federal government, a think tank or the private sector, I hope to apply my government major towards engaging work with an international focus. Law school is a distant thought, though I'm sure I'll ultimately return to school for an advanced degree.

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