Colleen O'Connor's D-PlanWhat's a D-Plan?
FallHanover, NHFavorite Class: INTS 80.01: The Wealth and Violence of Nations
As a freshman, I chose to take an upper-level seminar class that ended up becoming one of my favorite classes at Dartmouth -- and Prof. Clark has become my mentor and research advisor!
WinterHanover, NHFavorite Class: Spanish 9: Culture and Conversation
Compared to my high school foreign language classes that focused on grammar, I LOVED that this course focused on discussing movies, reading novels, and engaging in stimulating debates--all in Spanish!
SpringHanover, NHFavorite Class: SOCY 49: Religion and the Political Economy
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!
WinterHanover, NHFavorite Class: ENGS 12: Design Thinking
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.
FallHanover, NHFavorite Class: SPEE 20: Public Speaking
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.
What's a "UGA?"
If you haven't already noticed, Dartmouth has its own dictionary of words.
Life as a Chinese Major
As both an Economics and Chinese major, I sometimes feel like I have a dual academic identity — one part of which is business and numbers-driven and another part that’s focused more heavily on the social sciences and on developing a working under
Skating Through Midterms
I'm probably not the first (nor the last) to say that college is hard, capital H-A-R-D. In a ten-week term, courses go by quickly and assignments can start piling up.
So You Want to Be a Business Major...
When I came to Dartmouth, I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do after college, but I knew it would probably have something to do with business.
- No. 1
1. Form connections with people at the Tuck School of Business
The Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth's graduate business school, is minutes from our main undergraduate campus! In fact, you can see the big pillars of Tuck Hall from Baker library, the main undergraduate library on campus. While undergrads can't enroll at Tuck, that does not mean we can't create meaningful connections with Tuck professors and students. Tuck professors, from my experience, are more than willing to sit down with an undergrad over coffee or lunch to chat about really anything! I've had some wonderful conversations about China's emerging economy, the role of entrepreneurship in international development, economic sustainability in non-profits, the pros and cons of consulting… the list goes on and on! The majority of these conversations came from me just taking the initiative to send a short email to a professor whose interests seemed to align with my own. From these conversations have come research opportunities, sagacious advice, and possibilities for future collaboration. And, Tuck professors are not the only ones with experience who are willing to sit down to chat! Tuck students have also responded well to cold-call emails and have provided me with some great insights about their experiences as young professionals in the business world.
- No. 2
2. Study Economics, Human-Centered Design, Political Economics, MME (Markets, Management, and the Economy), and more!
Dartmouth doesn't offer business as a major, but there are plenty of other departments and fields of study that align nicely with my interest in business. I am currently pursuing a major in Economics and Chinese with a minor in Human-Centered Design. For my economics major, I'm following the international economics track, meaning that with these three areas of study, I have essentially created an international business and entrepreneurship course of study! Some of the courses I've taken or will take before I graduate include: International Trade, The Wealth & Violence of Nations, Morality and the Political Economy, Social Entrepreneurship, Product Design, Trade Policy, and Design Thinking, to name a few! With the opportunity to craft a major/minor combination I'm truly interested in, I have been able to mold my fields of study around my personal passions!
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3. Join clubs and living learning communities!
To pursue my interests outside of the classroom, I have spent the past two years exploring different business-oriented clubs and organizations. I am currently the Undergraduate Advisor of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network (and live in the DEN Living Learning Community) and serve on the Executive Board of Women in Business (WIB). I am very happy to be an active leader in both of these organizations, but it took a bit of exploring before I decided that these were the two business-related organizations I wanted to be a part of. Some of the other clubs on campus that I tried before finding the DEN and WIB include Smart Women Securities, Dartmouth Finance Society, the International Business Council, and the Dartmouth Consulting Group. If there's a particular area of business or entrepreneurship that you're interested in, then it's likely that a club exists for it. If it doesn't, then you are more than welcome to start one!
Finding Dartmouth Connections All Over the World
Whenever I travel, I typically don a green Dartmouth baseball cap or my "Big Green" fleece.