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Rocky and Me: Teresa Alvarado-Patlán ’19 Senior Reflection

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

Teresa Alvarado-Patlán graduates this spring with a major in Latin America, Latino, and Caribbean Studies as well as a minor in French. When looking back at her time here at Dartmouth, a class she took on gender in Latin America with Professor Baldez stands out as a key experience in helping her discover her academic passions. Professor Baldez introduced her to the concept of intersectionality and how gender plays a role in her everyday life as a student. She also introduced Teresa to the Latin America, Latino, and Caribbean Studies department.

Rocky and Me: Rachel Inman ’19 Senior Reflection

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

Rachel Inman graduates from Dartmouth College with a major in government and a minor in public policy. Rachel first heard about the Rockefeller Center because of her interest in public policy as an interdisciplinary study, as well as her desire to learn more about leadership. As a first year, she participated in the six-week Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors program, known as D-LAB, offered during the winter term. Little did she know at the time, she would stay involved with the program all four of her undergraduate years. 

What stands out about Rachel’s experience as a participant in D-LAB was the opportunity to learn and connect through small groups and have genuine conversations about life at Dartmouth. This was one of Rachel’s first chances as a Dartmouth student to think about her values and how they would help guide the rest of her time at college. 

Rocky and Me: Billy Kosmidis ’19 Senior Reflection

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

Billy Kosmidis, originally from the north suburbs of Chicago, graduates from Dartmouth with a major in Government and a double minor in Public Policy and Ethics. Billy considers the Rockefeller Center as one of the places that influenced him the most during his time at Dartmouth. As an undergrad he participated in numerous courses and programs offered by the Center: the Policy Research Shop (PRS), the Management Leadership and Development Program (MLDP), the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP), and the Global Leadership Practicum. He completed a Rockefeller Center funded leave-term internship, as well as attending numerous public programs.

Rocky and Me: Bethany Malzman '19 Senior Reflection

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

Coming to Dartmouth, I was not sure about what I wanted to study specifically, but I knew that I wanted to take time to explore different centers and departments on campus. The Rockefeller Center drew my attention the beginning of my freshmen year, because it offered something unique that I wanted to pursue – practicing leadership and learning more about the social sciences.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: HANA DAI '20

Hana Dai '20 interned at the Brookings Institution during the 2018 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This fall, I interned at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Brookings is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy organization that analyzes public policy issues and produces evidence-based policy recommendations. In particular, I focused on the intersection of political science and education at the Brown Center on Education Policy, a domestic issues division of Brookings.

As a research intern at the Brown Center on Education Policy, I worked on projects focusing on community college access, governance of education policy, teacher diversity, the gender wage gap in teaching, and the impact of the midterm election on education. More specifically, I created comprehensive literature reviews on potential research topics, an excel dataset focusing on education policy governance across states, and a policy-tracker focusing on the role of education policy in the midterm election.

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