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

Rocky and Me

Rocky and Me: Peter Charalambous '20 Senior Reflection

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

After four years, I have reached the conclusion that Dartmouth College, and the Rockefeller Center in particular, are truly special places. While they’re special in more ways than one — historic, unique, and perhaps sentimental — what makes Dartmouth and Rocky special in my eyes is that they are one of the few places where nearly everything exists to support students. That’s a rare thing in the world as a whole, with most people out there to make it themselves with often little regard for others. At Dartmouth, though, everyone from the professors in your classes to the staff members you’ve never met before are united in the goal of student success. They want to see students grow and accomplish their goals, and they work towards that goal with unparalleled kindness and generosity.

Rocky and Me: Tyler Baum '20 Senior Reflection

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

It is hard to believe that my four years at Dartmouth are coming to a close. From the moment I set foot in Hanover, I was drawn to the Rockefeller Center and its experiential approach to an education in public policy. Since the fall of 2016, I have been actively engaged in curricular, co-curricular, and research activities at the Rockefeller Center, and I consider no place other than Rocky to be my home at Dartmouth.

Rocky and Me: Grace Sherrill '20 Senior Reflection

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

It is difficult for me to overstate the role Rocky has played in my development at Dartmouth. The Rockefeller Center has been the cornerstone of my intellectual and interpersonal growth over the past four years, and I will always be grateful to the Center for the outstanding opportunities it has provided me. I came into Dartmouth with a number of public policy interests, but I had not yet developed the skills or confidence to make a real impact. Through its outstanding coursework, faculty mentorship, and extracurricular opportunities, Rocky taught me what it means to engage with issues I care about thoughtfully, creatively, and rigorously.

Rocky and Me: Victoria Meyer '20 Senior Reflection

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

My introduction to the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center is a bit peculiar, as I knew nothing of the center when I first arrived at Dartmouth. Dirt still clinging to my hair from rock climbing on First-Year Trips, I aimlessly wandering around the different booths at the Rocky info session, not realizing how large of an impact the center would have on my time at Dartmouth. 

Rocky and Me: Brandon Nye '20 Senior Reflection

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

As a high school senior, perhaps the greatest single factor in my decision to attend Dartmouth was the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center. I was impressed with the emphasis on experiential learning and career preparation to go along with the numerous academic opportunities. Now as a senior in college, looking back on my time at Dartmouth, I find that some of the most fulfilling and transformative experiences were a result of the Rockefeller Center. 

Rocky and Me: Soham Basu '20 Senior Reflection

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

My time at Dartmouth has flown by, and it is surreal to be approaching my last few weeks as a Dartmouth undergraduate (albeit via zoom!). A constant throughout my journey these past four years has been the programs, staff, and professors of Rocky. Stepping onto campus in the fall of 2016, my most vivid memory is being greeted by the smiling faces of Rocky staff at the events booth for freshman during orientation. I immediately felt welcomed and part of the Dartmouth community. My family was also set at ease seeing me interact with the Rocky staff. 

Rocky and Me: Puja Devi ’19 Senior Reflection

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

Puja Devi, a member of the class of 2019, initially found her way to the Rockefeller Center during her sophomore year when she started to think more about how to improve her own professional development. She decided to take the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP), which became an invaluable learning experience about what it means to be a leader. 

Throughout her time at Dartmouth, Puja found herself becoming more aware of her own strengths and weakness and how to differentiate a leader and a manager. Puja began to feel more comfortable in shared spaces, whether it be academic, casual, or professional settings, as well as learning how to find her voice as a leader.

Rocky and Me: Olivia Harvey '19 Senior Reflection

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

I came to Dartmouth knowing that I wanted to do something great with my time here, but I had no clue what that could be. I was undecided on my major, minor, and extracurricular interests and I truly was uncertain if I would ever find my passion. I should not have been so skeptical. The reason I chose Dartmouth was for the emphasis on academics, small class sizes and wide variety of subjects from which to choose classes. During freshman year, I took advantage of this by selecting as many random classes as I could, including GOV 5 with Professor Wohlforth in the Winter. By the end of that term, I knew I wanted to be a government major. I would come to decide on a public policy minor only a term later. 

Rocky and Me: Lauren Bishop '19 Senior Reflection

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

Lauren Bishop, a senior from Jacksonville, Florida, has studied History and Public Policy as an undergrad. She came to Dartmouth with an interest in the social sciences and their applicability to policymaking, so the public policy minor was a natural fit for her. Writing and Speaking Public Policy with Professor Kalish was one of Lauren’s first classes that allowed her to practice her research and analytical skills while at the same creating an actionable plan on a topic of interest. This and other public policy courses, such as Law, Courts, and Judges with Professor Nachlis, allowed her to learn theory and understand how change is made in practice and what barriers exist in the policymaking process.

Rocky and Me: Anna Ellis '19 Senior Reflection

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

I came to Dartmouth on a whim. Before college, I wanted to become a mountain guide. During my senior year of high school, I practically committed to Colorado College to study outdoor recreation. Almost all of my friends from my outdoors communities in high school were already in Colorado, hiking, skiing, climbing, and earning college credit for it. To me, this sounded like the ideal experience!

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