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Dartmouth Oxford Exchange Student: Ryan Schiller '17

The Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Program sends up to four Dartmouth undergraduates per term to Oxford University’s Keble College. As a fully integrated member of the Oxford community, students take courses in the British tutorial system that count towards their majors. 

This past fall, Ryan Schiller ’17 participated in the economics exchange program at Keble; Ryan was one of four Dartmouth students on the program.  Ryan’s studies at Keble came in the form of two tutorials, one in public economics and one in international economics.  “I really enjoyed the tutorials,” Ryan said.  He said that he thought the tutorials were focused and specific, “almost like a PhD program.” He said that he appreciated the attention and specificity he faced at Keble with frequent one-on-one tutoring sessions, and that while they often didn’t cover the breadth that Dartmouth courses offer, the depth made them different and worthwhile educational experiences.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Rui Zhang '16

This series introduces the 2015-2016 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.

 
I am interested in RLF because it brings together a group of seniors over three consecutive terms for a common purpose. No other program offers such a tremendous opportunity for seniors to bond and to learn from each others. I believe the best educational resource we have at Dartmouth is the people, so I want to learn from other Fellows and from the speakers. I am interested in learning what effective leadership looks like in an increasingly “flat” world. Organizations across industries/disciplines are becoming increasingly non-hierarchical in their structure. This shift of organizational consciousness opens up the understanding of leadership from title-based leadership to skill-based and role-based leadership.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Shaitalya S. Vellanki '16

This series introduces the 2015-2016 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.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Spencer Chu '16

This series introduces the 2015-2016 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.

I am interested in the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows Program because, while I have had a number of leadership positions, I have a lot to learn about being an effective leader. I think that participating as a fellow will give me an unparalleled opportunity to learn from experts in leadership and from peers who I may not otherwise interact with on campus. My leadership experiences have been confined to my specific commitments on campus, and I am very curious how leadership is embodied in other organizations.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Soyeun Yang '16

This series introduces the 2015-2016 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.

 
I have realized during my time at Dartmouth that it’s difficult to define a leader. Recognizing a leader is easy, as there are many charismatic individuals on campus with admirable traits. However, distilling a person’s character into their components is significantly harder; just as words do not fully capture the objects they identify, a handful of traits cannot do justice to a great leader. Through the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows Program, I hope to learn what distinguishes a great leader from a good one – and more importantly, work to make these abstract traits a part of my own character.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Ramtin Rahmani '16

This series introduces the 2015-2016 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.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Tucker Oddleifson '16

This series introduces the 2015-2016 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.

 
Leadership is one of my passions. I am particularly intrigued by the multi-dimensionality of team dynamics: understanding individual motivations, considering how individuals work with other individuals, and facilitating the network of interactions between individuals to achieve a unified goal. I believe the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows Program offers an incredible opportunity to strengthen my leadership skills by reflecting on my past experiences and working with a high performing group of fellow students who are dedicated to engaging in the learning process.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Steven Povich '16

This series introduces the 2015-2016 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.

It is clear that the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows Program is an excellent way for leaders in our Dartmouth community to hone their skills for work on campus and as they look toward graduation. While I generally consider myself a natural leader, I have learned through experiences on and off campus that I have a lot to learn to best use my skills. I am especially interested in working with my peers to improve my ability to be a leader by building relationships with my team members. I would be excited to engage with speakers and other students to learn and grow as an individual. Finally, the program has been highly recommended from friends and campus leaders I respect.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Cecelia Shao '16

This series introduces the 2015-2016 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.

Beyond having the opportunity to meet incredible students from all parts of campus, being a part of RLF will allow me to see how other people have approached leadership throughout their time at Dartmouth and to learn from their experiences. Furthermore, from speaking with last year’s fellows, I know that RLF brings in amazing speakers and fellows often engage in very interesting exercises. The content of each RLF session will help me hone many of the skills I have begun to develop, including problem-solving, active listening, and collaboration.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Lauren Buchanan '16

This series introduces the 2015-2016 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.

At Dartmouth I have held a variety of leadership positions and each has taught me about my strengths and weaknesses as a leader. Connecting with people, determining what motivates them individually or as a group and inspiring them to do great work excites me. I believe that the RLF Program will greatly enhance my understanding of leadership dynamics and improve my effectiveness as a future leader. Furthermore, I am interested in working in consulting after graduation and in corporate sustainability in the long-term. RLF will provide me with the training and tools that would be invaluable in the collaborative, team oriented environment of consulting and, even more importantly, help me to develop into a skilled and vocal leader that could make a meaningful impact in the corporate world where sustainable practices are not always rewarded or recognized.

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