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

Class of 2018

Rocky and Me: Estephanie Aquino ’18 Senior Reflection

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

When I was deciding between colleges during the spring of my senior year of high school I remember checking out Dartmouth’s website and instantly being drawn to the Rockefeller Center after reading about students only two years older than me being actively involved in the policy-making process, conducting research, and meeting legislators. As a student who was exposed to the intricacies of environmental policy and regulation through my high school’s Energy and Utilities Academy, I knew that I needed to enroll at an institution that could cater to my curiosity and would allow me to be directly involved in the policy-making process.

Rocky and Me: Abhilasha Gokulan ’18 Senior Reflection

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

Rocky and Me: Jimmy Fair ’18 Senior Reflection

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

I grew up visiting Dartmouth every summer because my grandparents retired to Hanover 25 years ago. Dartmouth became my first choice by the beginning of high school, and I was surprised by how receptive professors were to my requests to sit in on classes and chat with them during a visit my junior year of high school. Coming from Colorado, I also wanted to go to college where I had immediate access to the outdoors. 

Rocky and Me: Julia Decerega ’18 Senior Reflection

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

When I walked into Rocky for the first time during one of the many orientation week open houses I attended, I did not imagine at the time the impact the physical building, and the people in it, would ultimately have on my college experience. I had heard about Rocky when I visited Dartmouth during Dimensions, I even took a pretty brochure home at the time. It was comforting to know that Dartmouth had a center dedicated to the study of public policy and to helping students apply their knowledge in the real world, which is what I was looking for in college. This made my decision to choose Dartmouth feel like the right one at the time. 

Rocky and Me: Niamé Daffé '18 Senior Reflection

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

Notes from the Field: Rachel Favors '18

Rachel Favors '18 interned with the U.S. Department of State Office of West African Affairs for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I interned at the U.S. Department of State Office of West African Affairs. The U.S. Department of State advances U.S. foreign policy priorities and represents the interests of the American people by working to shape a more peaceful, stable, and democratic world. As an intern on the Nigeria desk in the Office of West African Affairs, I supported U.S. engagement with the Nigerian government and people to strengthen democracy and good governance in Nigeria, to support the country’s economic growth, to advance peace and security in the areas besieged by Boko Haram and ISIS West-Africa, and to promote widespread opportunity and development in Nigerian society.

Rocky and Me: Kaina Chen ’18 Senior Reflection

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

Notes from the Field: Rebecca Brownell '18

Rebecca Brownell '18 interned with the Washington, D.C. Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I had the incredible opportunity to intern in the Washington, D.C. Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand from New York. I gained experience working in legislation, constituent affairs, the daily operations of a senatorial office, as well as developing relationships with Hill staffers and Dartmouth alumni in the capitol.

Becoming well-informed in American politics and working on behalf of the senator was certainly a satisfying way of putting my academic work as a Government major into practice. The past few months with a new administration’s legislative agenda also created a controversial and chaotic D.C. environment, which ultimately provided me a particularly exciting and busy office atmosphere in which to work.

Notes from the Field: Megan Mounts '18 

Megan Mounts '18 interned with the U.S. Embassy at Bridgetown, Barbados​ for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

My summer internship experience was facilitated through the United States Department of State Intern Program. I served in the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy at Bridgetown, Barbados. The Section is part of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. The Embassy mission is to promote U.S.-Eastern Caribbean relations in sustainable economic growth, good governance, and support of a vibrant civil society. The Embassy is unique in that it also serves six other island nations. The Public Affairs Section promotes mutual understandings through education and cultural programs. U.S. professionals and artists are invited to the region to engage with local communities. There is strong support for science, technology, and leadership with young learners. U.S. higher institutions are promoted to college-aged students. The Section controls all Embassy social media outlets, and monitors media releases from local sources to interpret political and economic perceptions of U.S. policies in the region.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Julian Marcu ’18

This series introduces the 2017-2018 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows. Each fellow reflects on why he or she wanted to be a part of the program and what aspects of leadership most interests them.

In our increasingly globalized world, what it means to be a leader in the 21st century is vastly different than what it meant in previous eras. Originally, the “ideal leader” was one that could efficiently organize and motivate a group around a common goal to achieve a desired objective. However, this conception would imply that the leader and the team exist in a vacuum. Today, as a global community, we realize that the independent actions of individuals, groups, organizations, businesses, and governments can have far reaching effects on people all over the world.

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