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Rocky and Me

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!

Rocky and Me: Ashley DuPuis ’19 Senior Reflection

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

Rocky and Me: Kelly Caputo ’19 Senior Reflection

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

Just before the college application process began, I was accepted into the Dartmouth Bound summer program for underrepresented/low-income/first-generation high school students. I was able to visit Dartmouth for a few days and fell in love with the atmosphere on campus, the fantastic alumni network, and the incredible classes and professors the College was going to be able to offer. After coming to Dartmouth and exploring the different departments, I have ended up with a major in Sociology and a minor in Philosophy. My first interaction with the Rockefeller Center occurred during winter of my sophomore year through the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP).

Rocky and Me: Mark Daniels '19 Senior Reflection

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

Mark Daniels, originally from Topsfield, MA, is graduating from Dartmouth College with a major in Government and a minor in Public Policy. Mark has spent much of his time at Dartmouth with the Rockefeller Center, taking public policy courses, serving as a First-Year Fellow and participating in a variety of programs such as Dartmouth Attitudes, Leadership and Behaviors (DLAB), Management, Leadership and Development Program (MLDP), and the Policy Research Shop (PRS).

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.

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: Ray Lu ’18 Senior Reflection

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

I made the long journey from Austin, Texas — where I was born and raised — to Dartmouth knowing I wanted a new, challenging environment. My interest in economics derived from my father’s background as an economist, and the time I spent with the U.S. Department of Education Presidential Scholars Program the summer before college inspired me to explore the policy realm.

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