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Rocky and Me

Rocky and Me: Sarah Han '17 Senior Reflection

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

After taking AP Macroeconomics in high school, I arrived at Dartmouth fairly sure that I wanted to study Economics. I attended an Economics open house in the Rockefeller Center, and quite literally fell into the Public Policy minor at Dartmouth and found myself a home at the Rockefeller Center. The Rockefeller Center has constantly supported my academic, extracurricular, and personal pursuits – from the Public Policy minor, to Rockefeller Leadership Fellows, to Rockefeller Mini-grants for Link Up. Through the Rockefeller Center, I have gained a space to reflect upon my various experiences and think critically about how I want to grow as a leader.

Rocky and Me: Doug Phipps '17 Senior Reflection

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

My time working for the Rockefeller Center has given me great confidence in my abilities to lead, facilitate, and communicate. Yes, those sound like buzzwords, but hear me out—it’s only the introductory sentence! Seriously: if you are looking to improve yourself, work an engaging on-campus job, or hear an honest perspective on the Rockefeller Center, I invite you to continue reading.

Rocky and Me: Daria Zhao '17 Senior Reflection

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

Rocky and Me: Nikita Bakhru '17 Senior Reflection

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

While at Dartmouth, I was fortunate to receive an interdisciplinary education, exploring classes in departments and ultimately deciding to major in Government. Outside of class, I spent much of my time choreographing, dancing, and performing with Raaz, Dartmouth’s South Asian fusion dance team, which I became captain of during my senior year. I have also served as Director of Parent Alumni Relations for my sorority, Alpha Phi, and as a member of women leadership organizations, such as Women in Science and Women in Business.

Rocky and Me: Mahnum Shahzad '15 Senior Profile

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

I had very grandiose notions about leadership and growth when I came to college. College applications had me convinced that I was destined to change the world. Of course I had no clue what any of it meant or how I would eventually get there.

Mahnum Shahzad '15. Photo by Philip Son '16.

Perhaps that is why I decided to participate in the Management Leadership Development Program (MLDP). The experience taught me about the constant process of developing leadership skills and how leadership is a vision as much as the skills that one needs to become an effective leader. It redefined leadership for me as something less hierarchical and situation-driven to something that one could practice personally.

Rocky and Me: Tyler Stoff '15 Senior Profile

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

With the intimacy of a liberal arts college and the opportunities of a large university, Dartmouth was a clear choice for me from the start of my college search. I have had the privilege of engaging in a wide variety of arts and sciences during my time in Hanover, and the Rockefeller Center somehow came to inextricably entwine itself in my four years every step of the way.

Rocky and Me: Ester Cross '15 Senior Profile

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

When I matriculated at Dartmouth, I was immediately drawn to the Rockefeller Center because of the incredible academic and co-curricular opportunities it offered to students beginning in their first year. I knew I was interested in American politics and in pursuing a major in Government, but the Rockefeller Center really focused and expanded that interest into a passion.

Rocky and Me: Manav Raj '15 Senior Profile

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

My first experience with the Rockefeller Center happened by chance. After having trouble securing a spot in Spanish I during the fall of my first year, I decided to take PBPL 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research on a whim. The first half of the class is spent reviewing basic research and presentation skills, while the second half of the class is focused on researching new projects for the Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop. Through high school, I had an interest in government and policy making, and I thought the class could be a good introduction while also allowing me to have some early experience with research at Dartmouth.

Rocky and Me: Jennifer Davidson '15 Senior Profile

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

I’m really interested in law, policy, and social reform, so I often attended public events at the Rockefeller Center during my first two years at Dartmouth. I loved the opportunity to hear from leaders in all kinds of fields. One of my friends was a PoliTALK student assistant, and she always said such great things about her experiences, so together these experiences inspired me to become involved with the Rockefeller Center.

Rockefeller Center Senior Profile: Dieynabou Barry '14

This past spring, The Rockefeller Center encouraged its outgoing seniors to reflect on their experiences at Dartmouth as part of a series called Rocky and Me.

 "When reflecting on my past fours year at Dartmouth, it is clear that Rocky has had an influential part in my experience. Through academic, personal, and professional endeavors, Rocky has provided me with many assets. I am better leader, a better thinker, and a better speaker." --Dieynabou Barry '14

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