Hi! I'm Colleen! So far, I've studied abroad in Beijing, China and Cusco, Peru, interned at a start-up in Mexico City, and completed a non-profit consulting project in Lima, Peru with the Tuck School of Business. I'm currently working on a two-year project to identify ways to promote female empowerment through entrepreneurship in South America and East Asia. When I'm not traveling, you can find me advising DEN, exploring the Upper Valley, or debating the outcome of The Bachelor with friends.
Asian & Middle Eastern Studies Modified with Economics Major; Human-Centered Design Minor
A seven-person seminar class with my favorite professor (Prof. Clark) discussing the impact of religion on politics and economics... I don't think I could have possibly asked for more.
SummerBeijing, China - Chinese FSP
Studying abroad in Beijing, China my freshman summer was the best decision I could have made at the time. After a year of intensive language studies at Dartmouth, I was immersed in Chinese language and culture at Beijing Normal University.
FallCusco, Peru - Spanish LSA+
I LOVED living with a host family in Cusco, Peru and taking classes with Peruvian profs during my Spanish LSA+. My friends and I took experiential learning to the next level by traveling to Machu Picchu, the Amazon, Lima, Lake Titicaca, and more!
This was the class that made me realize my passion for Human-Centered Design. The project-based course challenged me to think differently and it changed the way I approached problem- solving on a daily basis!
SpringMexico City, Mexico - Internship Abroad
Thanks to full funding from the DEN, I spent the spring of 2017 completing a 10-week fellowship with LocalAventura, a travel, tech start-up in Mexico City. This meaningful, hands-on experience re-ignited my passion for entrepreneurship!
SummerHanover, NH and Lima, Peru - Paganucci Fellowship
I was able to petition to take Sophomore Summer "off" to work full-time as a Paganucci Fellow with the Tuck School of Business. I spent the summer working with a small team on a social entrepreneurship consulting project with a non-profit in Peru.
This class has a waitlist of over 40 people, and it's clear to see why. Prof. Compton teaches public speaking with an experiential learning approach, allowing me and my peers to improve through practice.
This course combined the study of social entrepreneurship and its manifestations with hands-on practice of creating our own social venture business plans and ventures pitches! My project group and I created a business that aims to support impoverished, indigenous women in Cusco, Peru and are currently working with our professor to turn this idea into a self-sustaining social business.
The Senior Design Challenge might just be my favorite class I have taken at Dartmouth! At the start of the term, my partner and I were given the challenge of figuring out how to use leftover Nike materials to improve the quality of life for individuals experiencing homelessness. By having the autonomy to fully immerse ourselves in the human-centered design process, my partner and I have learned how to pivot from one idea to the next and feel a remarkable sense of pride and complete ownership over our project!
SummerBeijing, China & Tokyo, Japan - Internship & Research Abroad
This summer, I am heading abroad for the sixth(!) time in three years. I'll be spending eight weeks working at a consulting firm in Beijing before continuing on to Japan to work on my Stamps Scholars research for a few weeks. Stay tuned for blogs about my adventures in Asia!
Living Learning Communities: More Than Just a Dorm
When I first came to Dartmouth, I ended up stumbling rather serendipitously into something that has largely impacted my time here. That's right, my first year at Dartmouth I *accidentally* applied to live in one of Dartmouth's Living Learning Communities -- application-based housing communities centered on common interests -- and it sure made one heck of a difference. Some of my best friends and favorite memories from college come from my freshman Living Learning Community (LLC), and I'm so excited to continue to be a part of the LLC family even in my junior year.
According to Dartmouth Residential Education, Living Learning Communities "aspire to combine what is best about the Dartmouth experience: a world-class teaching and learning environment with a vibrant sense of community, guided and supported through engagement with talented faculty and staff." But, in my opinion, they do so much more than that. As a junior, I am the Undergraduate Advisor (UGA) of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network in Residence (aka DEN in Res), an LLC centered around innovation and entrepreneurship. This means that I live with some of the most interesting, inspiring, and innovative people on campus (I'm totally not biased at all here)! The DEN has completely changed my residential experience at college. Rather than living with a group of students who may or may not share my interest in entrepreneurship, in the DEN in Res, I get the opportunity to live with and befriend students who are just as passionate about the topic as I am.
In addition to providing a shared dorm floor for student innovators and entrepreneurs, the DEN in Residence LLC holds weekly dinners where we bring in guest speakers ranging from Tuck professors to start-up founders, and we do case studies of both successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurial ventures. We also enjoy working 1:1 with full-time DEN professional staff who have backgrounds in entrepreneurship, and we have access to hundreds of Dartmouth alums around the world who are part of the greater Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network! Each term, we even take a trip to meet with alumni entrepreneurs or attend entrepreneurial conferences, trips that are primarily subsidized by the college.
I could go on and on about the DEN in Residence, but, if entrepreneurship isn't your thing, Dartmouth has plenty of other Living Learning Communities and affinity houses! Some of the ones my good friends are a part of include the Thought Project, Global Village, and the Inter-faith floor. As a UGA, I have the opportunity to work with the undergraduate advisors of all of these LLCs, and each one is unique and shaped around fulfilling some of the experiential learning desires of its residents.
While official, LLC-specific programming is great, the larger LLC community creates a space for open dialogue amongst people of very different backgrounds and interests. Outings to go apple picking, hiking, and hot air-balloon riding help forge connections and friendships across floors and LLCs, making McLaughlin (the dormitory that houses the majority of the Living Learning Communities) feel even more like home!