Testimonial: Anonymous D150 ‘96

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Did you walk on to the lightweight rowing team?

No

What impact did rowing have on your Dartmouth experience?

Dartmouth Lightweight Rowing was incredibly important to me. Like so many, the strength of the relationships, defining characteristic of the day in day out work, and the comradarie of the relationships. I took off my sophomore year after rowing 4 years in high school as well, and found that without the team my path did not have as much definition and purpose. Perhaps most importantly, the inspiration I drew from my teammates truly helped me at Dartmouth. The Lights are incredibly intense, hard-working group of people, and the people I rowed with pushed me to be the best version of my self.

What impact did rowing have beyond college?

I think undertaking a rowing season year in and year out helped prepare me for medicine in many ways, knowing that there is reward for a long body of work - learning to enjoy the daily toil and work without a race necessarily immediately at hand. The length of preparation in rowing is incredible when compared to the time on the racecourse. But the foundation this provides is breathtaking, as it is deep preparation that will propel us to act well at the important moments of life.

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

A beautiful institution, and one that costs the College little. This seems like a figurative move to help show that the athletics department is paring down, but for a sport with 5 recruiting spots - honestly, what true change is being made here for the College, especially if we can endow the program?