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Rocky and Me

Senior Profile: Rose Song Wang '14

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


Senior Profile: Hunter Kappel '14

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


Photo by Courtney Cania

"Through participating in Rockefeller Leadership Fellows, I have learned and practiced management and leadership skills such as negotiation, delegation, decision-making, giving and receiving feedback in a constructive way… Aside from skills, I have also learned the importance of knowing your mission and making the people around you the best they can be in whatever they are doing." --Hunter Kappel '14

Senior Profile: Yi Yang '14

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


Photo by Thanh V. Nguyen

“As I prepare to enter the workforce (for real this time) post-graduation at Lake Partners, a management consulting firm, I look back at the opportunities at Dartmouth that have enabled me to go confidently into the world. Dartmouth is a special place, and the Rockefeller Center has done a lot in developing my independent mind that will serve me well in the future.” --Yi Yang '14

I came to Dartmouth knowing very little about what the next four years would bring. I expected college to be a continuation of high school, where dedicated classroom learning and ambitious goal setting led to predicted success. I was used to living on a formulaic path, so come freshman year, I was shocked at the freedom that Dartmouth had to offer.

Senior Profile: James Herring '14

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

“The Rockefeller Center has provided me with leadership skills, management principles, hands-on experience, and has helped to prepare me for a lifetime of success. I strongly urge all undergraduate students, not simply those interested in Government and Public Policy, to become involved with the Rockefeller Center in one way or another.” -- James Herring '14

Senior Profile: Dengyang (Max) Liu '14

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

"Reflecting back on my past four years at Dartmouth, there is no doubt that Rocky was indeed a beacon of light for me. Coming from a very different cultural background, I have to say it was not an easy experience transitioning from my high school environment to a college setting as Dartmouth. Yet the Rocky family welcomed me with open arms and prepared me to excel personally and professionally in my life beyond Dartmouth." -- Dengyang (Max) Liu '14

Coming from a public high school with 3,000 students in Guangzhou, China - a city home over 10 million people and never had any snow – to be honest, the idea of living in Hanover, New Hampshire was a little more than foreign to me. So unlike many of my American peers, who have either visited or talk to an alumni from Dartmouth before freshman fall, my Dartmouth journey started as an adventure into an exciting unchartered water.

Senior Profile: Andres Ramirez ‘14

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

 
“Since first arriving at Dartmouth during dimensions, the Rockefeller Center has empowered me through invaluable training programs and mentorship that have enhanced my purposeful, ethical, and process-oriented leadership and ability to succeed. Rocky has successfully served as an institution for leadership development, ensuring I received the guidance necessary to join the next generation of leaders.” -- Andres Ramirez '14

Senior Profile: Tina Meng ’14

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

Senior Profile: Brandon DeBot ‘14

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

Brandon DeBot '14 (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)

 
I first decided to come to Dartmouth because I loved the sense of community I felt and thought it would be a place where I could balance academics, athletics, and co-curricular activities to get the most out of my college experience. The summer before I matriculated, I remember receiving a mailing that immediately piqued my interest. It was a brochure from the Rockefeller Center describing the Rocky’s various offerings in public policy and leadership. I was immediately interested in many of the opportunities, and made a note to explore them when I got to campus.

Introducing the "Rocky and Me" Series - Senior Profiles

In 20 days, the Rockefeller Center will bid farewell to the Class of 2014, whose members will begin the next chapter of their lives. We wanted to congratulate them for the time and effort they put into Dartmouth and the Rockefeller Center, and we hope that the education you have acquired will serve you well into the future. The seniors we will be profiling contributed heavily towards the success of our programming these past four years.

Over the next several weeks, we will be publishing one graduating senior profile every other day. In these profiles, we asked the seniors to explain to us why they attended Dartmouth, how their engagement with Rocky helped prepare them for life after Dartmouth and how we could better prepare future leaders for post-Dartmouth life.

Rocky Senior Spotlight: Paul Strauch '13

After visiting on Dartmouth's Dimensions weekend, I knew that I had to come here. My formal introduction to the Rockefeller Center occurred Freshman winter when I took Professor Shaiko's Introduction to Public Policy (PBPL 5) course. The course cemented my interest in the practical applications of what I was studying as a Government major and encouraged me to apply to internships in Washington DC that summer. With the assistance of Rockefeller Internship funding, I lived in DC to intern on Capitol Hill the summer after my freshman year. I worked in the office of Representative Frank Pallone, who chairs the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues.

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