Testimonial: Anonymous D150 ‘04

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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 taught me many lessons, but one of my main takeaways was the importance of a team. It takes nine people working together to accomplish something that no one could achieve on their own, and you become faster by making your teammates faster. I utilize these lessons in my professional life every day.

What impact did rowing have beyond college?

I am on the board of RowLA, a non-profit that teaches girls from under-served populations how to row, provides them with academic and college counseling, and prepares them for life with the goal of admittance to a four-year college with a competitive scholarship. We have a track record of sending girls to top schools around the country. My experience on the lightweight rowing team provided me the experience required to provide guidance to the girls we work with and to the organization as a whole. I would love to speak with the Dartmouth administration about how we can improve Dartmouth’s diversity through rowing.

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

Community rowing boathouses are becoming more and more common around the country. Boston and Chicago are great examples, and Los Angeles is in discussion to build one right now. The new movie “A Most Beautiful Thing: The True Story of America’s First All-Black High School Rowing Team” shows how rowing can transform a community for the better for people of all backgrounds. If we eliminated the men’s lightweight rowing team at Dartmouth, we would lose out on a significant and growing source of minority students who would otherwise be able to bring much needed diversity to Dartmouth.