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

Class of 2014

Senior Profile: Yi Yang '14

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


Photo by Thanh V. Nguyen

“As I prepare to enter the workforce (for real this time) post-graduation at Lake Partners, a management consulting firm, I look back at the opportunities at Dartmouth that have enabled me to go confidently into the world. Dartmouth is a special place, and the Rockefeller Center has done a lot in developing my independent mind that will serve me well in the future.” --Yi Yang '14

I came to Dartmouth knowing very little about what the next four years would bring. I expected college to be a continuation of high school, where dedicated classroom learning and ambitious goal setting led to predicted success. I was used to living on a formulaic path, so come freshman year, I was shocked at the freedom that Dartmouth had to offer.

Senior Profile: James Herring '14

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

“The Rockefeller Center has provided me with leadership skills, management principles, hands-on experience, and has helped to prepare me for a lifetime of success. I strongly urge all undergraduate students, not simply those interested in Government and Public Policy, to become involved with the Rockefeller Center in one way or another.” -- James Herring '14

Senior Profile: Dengyang (Max) Liu '14

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

"Reflecting back on my past four years at Dartmouth, there is no doubt that Rocky was indeed a beacon of light for me. Coming from a very different cultural background, I have to say it was not an easy experience transitioning from my high school environment to a college setting as Dartmouth. Yet the Rocky family welcomed me with open arms and prepared me to excel personally and professionally in my life beyond Dartmouth." -- Dengyang (Max) Liu '14

Coming from a public high school with 3,000 students in Guangzhou, China - a city home over 10 million people and never had any snow – to be honest, the idea of living in Hanover, New Hampshire was a little more than foreign to me. So unlike many of my American peers, who have either visited or talk to an alumni from Dartmouth before freshman fall, my Dartmouth journey started as an adventure into an exciting unchartered water.

Senior Profile: Andres Ramirez ‘14

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

 
“Since first arriving at Dartmouth during dimensions, the Rockefeller Center has empowered me through invaluable training programs and mentorship that have enhanced my purposeful, ethical, and process-oriented leadership and ability to succeed. Rocky has successfully served as an institution for leadership development, ensuring I received the guidance necessary to join the next generation of leaders.” -- Andres Ramirez '14

Senior Profile: Tina Meng ’14

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

Senior Profile: Brandon DeBot ‘14

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

Brandon DeBot '14 (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)

 
I first decided to come to Dartmouth because I loved the sense of community I felt and thought it would be a place where I could balance academics, athletics, and co-curricular activities to get the most out of my college experience. The summer before I matriculated, I remember receiving a mailing that immediately piqued my interest. It was a brochure from the Rockefeller Center describing the Rocky’s various offerings in public policy and leadership. I was immediately interested in many of the opportunities, and made a note to explore them when I got to campus.

Introducing the "Rocky and Me" Series - Senior Profiles

In 20 days, the Rockefeller Center will bid farewell to the Class of 2014, whose members will begin the next chapter of their lives. We wanted to congratulate them for the time and effort they put into Dartmouth and the Rockefeller Center, and we hope that the education you have acquired will serve you well into the future. The seniors we will be profiling contributed heavily towards the success of our programming these past four years.

Over the next several weeks, we will be publishing one graduating senior profile every other day. In these profiles, we asked the seniors to explain to us why they attended Dartmouth, how their engagement with Rocky helped prepare them for life after Dartmouth and how we could better prepare future leaders for post-Dartmouth life.

RLF Recap: Leading People and Delivering Results with David Ager

Although Professor David Ager from Harvard Business School wasn’t able to make it up to campus last term due to a snowstorm, he was able to join us this Thursday for a spectacular session on management and the work environment. With his extensive academic and international experiences, Professor Ager presented various frameworks for thinking about manager-employee relations.

The session revolved around a classic HBS case study, the Rob Parson at Morgan Stanley case, and walked through each stage of decision-making. At the start, most of the Fellows were not in favor of giving Parson a promotion, and Professor Ager pushed both sides to defend their views using evidence from within the case. The focus moved from achievements and job descriptions to an analysis of risks and assumptions. Parson’s performance appraisals were brought into the discussion before the Fellows enacted roleplays in groups of how to tell someone they have not received a promotion.

RLF Recap: The Leadership of Bad News - Telling people things they don’t want to hear

Professor Charlie Wheelan '88, a Senior Lecturer in Economics, came to RLF this week, and his session highlighted the very pervasive problems that exist in policymaking and political leadership. Previously a correspondent for The Economist, a professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, a candidate for Illinois’ 5th congressional district and a student at Dartmouth, Professor Wheelan is incredibly well-versed in the understanding of how people process policies and political messages.

RLF Recap: Intercultural Communication with Professor Anguiano

This past Thursday, RLF had the pleasure of welcoming Claudia Anguiano from Dartmouth’s Institute for Writing and Rhetoric. Professor Anguiano’s session covered the importance of critically examining how we let impressions shape our understanding of others as well as the types of attribution errors we naturally make when communicating. Among these problems are our tendencies to judge others off of our own behaviors, attribute others’ mistakes to fundamental flaws, and outweighing positive attributes with negative memories of or experiences with a person.

The Fellows broke out into a group activity which allowed us to experience firsthand the frustration of trying to have a discussion when our goals and attitudes did not align with those of the other side. The lessons learned were extremely relevant given the Freedom Budget and the increased campus activism around bridging diverse groups in discussion and problem-solving.

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