Testimonial: Anonymous D150 ‘05

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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 as an integral part of my college experience, and introduced me to 70 other freshman in freshman Fall, along with the Mens Heavyweight and Women’s Rowing teams. Even though not all of the lightweights in my class continued to row all 4 years, I still made great friendships with many of them who were part of the program for just 1 year and who I consider lifelong friends. In addition, the rowing network introduced me to several other groups at Dartmouth I would not have interacted with socially and academically

Being a part of a team like rowing taught me many things including, teamwork, goal setting, hard work, discipline, perseverance, dedication just to name a few. Having the opportunity to compete on a Division 1 level is a truly unique experience, and the Lightweight Rowing program is one where there are numerous examples of incoming students with no prior rowing experience can and have excelled, both athletically and academically.

What impact did rowing have beyond college?

Being a part of a Division 1 sports program has been critical for my job success. When I was applying to corporate recruiting in my Senior Fall, I participated in a student-athlete recruiting program for investment banking analyst programs. When I ultimately started my professional career at Lehman Brothers, the lessons I learned on the lightweight rowing team were critical to my success as I started my career. Additionally, because I participated in the recruiting program at Lehman Brothers (and have continued to participate in recruiting in my corporate jobs for the past 10+ years), I KNOW that student-athletes are viewed favorably for recruiting purposes for their teamwork, hard work, dedication, etc

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

A tremendous history and culture within Dartmouth would be lost if the D150 program is eliminated indefinitely, with National championships, National team members, Olympians, etc. The D150 community is incredibly passionate, hard working, dedicated and inclusive - eliminating the program would alienate many of these dedicated alums from the College.