Did you walk on to the lightweight rowing team?
What impact did rowing have on your Dartmouth experience?
I took a very strange route to my current place in life, but I never would have gotten there without my experience as a Dartmouth lightweight. It taught me how to work harder than I ever thought possible, how to structure my time, and how to work as a team. In every interview I have had, the sport has come up in some way or another, and i’m sure it has helped me land positions where without it, I may have been passed up. But probably the most important thing about the team is that it provided an incredible social outlet at Dartmouth that was synergistic with my studies. It forced me to eat well, get sleep, and spend my time wisely or else I would not be able to succeed on the water. The bonds I had with my teammates allowed me to eschew the greek system, as I already got to spend many hours a day with my best friends, and to avoid many of the negative aspects of that side of Dartmouth. The same decision was made by many of my teammates as we were all confident in our own special group. Lightweight rowing at Dartmouth made me a better student and a better person, and its elimination will potentially deprive future students looking for a competitive and social outlet from having the life-changing experiences that I had. If you want to have a healthy, non-alcohol focused campus, think closely about cutting activities that provide an alternative to that.
What impact did rowing have beyond college?
Huge talking point in interviews throughout life.
What would be lost if Dartmouth eliminates the Lightweight Rowing Team?
Alumni fundraising dollars, the opportunity for many students to enhance their collegiate experience on a team that values academics and provides a social outlet that is healthy.