Testimonial: Anonymous D150 ‘05

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Did you walk on to the lightweight rowing team?

Yes

What impact did rowing have on your Dartmouth experience?

My Dartmouth experience was enriched by many people, activities, and locations - but none more so than my rowing teammates, rowing practices / competitions, and the Connecticut River. See the other boxes here for more reasons this sport was inherent to my experience.

What impact did rowing have beyond college?

It strengthened my appreciation for the outdoors, which reinforced my choice to go into environmental consulting.

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

  • The opportunity for most of the walk-ons, and particularly those who were not athletic in high school, to participate and compete at a high level representing Dartmouth - this also includes those who row for only a year or two, and who get to try their hand at something physically and mentally very challenging. This helps create a very strong bond to the College.
  • The non-athletic skills taught by rowing: above all time management, discipline, teamwork and perseverance.
  • The opportunity to experience what quickly became my favorite natural feature of Dartmouth - the Connecticut River - on a daily basis, in all seasons.
  • The opportunity to form close, lifetime bonds with a group of people - my only close group of friends from Dartmouth, despite participating in other athletic and social activities during my four years there, are my former rowing teammates.

Much of my connection to Dartmouth is based around a connection to place, and those within that place; both of these were profoundly influenced by rowing.