Hi! I'm Colleen! So far, I've studied abroad in China and Peru, interned at a start-up in Mexico City, worked in Beijing, China, and completed non-profit consulting projects in Peru and Japan with the Tuck School of Business. I'm currently working on a two-year project to promote female empowerment through entrepreneurship in South America and East Asia. When I'm not traveling, you can find me advising the 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!
Impact Design is a Social Impact Practicum, meaning that my group and I have been working to create a delightful, educational project/experience for a 14-year old autistic girl at the Hartford Autism Regional Program (HARP), our community partner. This class has allowed me to work with a team of my peers while creating something that has the power to positively impact the life of the girl for whom we are designing! Plus, the class is all about creating delight, so it has been a ~delightful~ experience so far.
Business Management & Strategy (Tuck 3) is just one of a handful of business classes undergraduates can take with professors from the Tuck School of Business. As an aspiring businesswoman with a deep interest in management and entrepreneurship, I LOVE the case-study model of this class and appreciate our professor's cold-call methodology that ensures everyone in the class is actively participating and paying attention. In addition to class readings, we've even had Skype calls with CEOs of some of the companies we have discussed in class.
Are non-partying students able to find their niche?
Absolutely! I choose not to drink and very rarely engage in the party scene on campus, and I've still been able to find an incredible community of friends whose interests match my own. I ended up meeting a lot of these people through my Living Learning Community, my freshman floor, and the clubs I'm involved in--though it may not always seem like it, there are lots of 'non-partying students' on campus! I have never felt pressured to drink or party on campus, and I've really been able to find a great community of people who, like me, would rather hang out and play games, watch movies, go to concerts, or dive into deep discussions rather than go out and party. However, a few of my closest friends here do enjoy to engage in the party scene, which is totally fine! I know that I always have an open invitation to join them if I ever feel like going out, and I really do appreciate having friends from a variety of niches on campus.