Testimonial: Anonymous D150 ‘88

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Did you walk on to the lightweight rowing team?

Yes

What impact did rowing have on your Dartmouth experience?

Dartmouth rowing showed me a level of commitment, dedication, perseverance , discipline, self improvement, fitness, teamwork and camaraderie that I had never seen before. Rowing taught me to take my performance in all levels of my life to a level that I didn’t even know existed. These lessons were invaluable then - and still Are today. As a walk on, I think the impact on me was amplified even further: try a new sport, push yourself in new ways to succeed, learn new skills, compete at the highest intercollegiate and national levels (including beating some national teams along the way) - isn’t this an example of a quintessential liberal arts experience that Dartmouth is trying to foster?

What impact did rowing have beyond college?

Dartmouth rowing showed me a level of commitment, dedication, perseverance , discipline, self improvement, fitness, teamwork and camaraderie that I had never seen before - and this is a RARE and uniquely valuable experience. Rowing taught me to take my performance in all levels of my life to a level that I didn’t even know existed. These lessons were invaluable then - and still are today. I bring those life lessons learned from the crew to everything I do - they have been integral to my success in consulting, investment banking and entrepreneurship, as well as my family life.

What would be lost if Dartmouth eliminates the Lightweight Rowing Team?

The bonds of friendship I have with my ‘88 teammates is rich and healthy 30+ years later. The college will lose this legacy for future classes with the elimination of the sport. As a small college, it can I’ll afford to undermine and shrink the strength of its alumni network.