Did you walk on to the lightweight rowing team?
What impact did rowing have on your Dartmouth experience?
I believe rowing was the most pivotal experience I had at Dartmouth. The boathouse was my home, my coach was my mentor and my teammates were my family. Without rowing I would have resented my college experience and thought of the entire thing as a piece of paper marking off an accomplishment that was a foregone conclusion.
What impact did rowing have beyond college?
Rowing taught me to strive for perfection. It taught me that if you worked together perfectly everything became easier. My engineering degree taught me how to solve problems but my time in a boat gave me the ability to do it as efficiently as possible using all resources available. Beyond the lessons I learned all my closest friends to this day were the ones that I rowed with. When times are hard I call them for advice and support. When I succeed I call them and thank them as there are few things in life they haven’t helped me with. Being in a boat with someone and knowing they are doing everything they can to help is the most gratifying feeling in the world because you learn that it doesn’t stop when you get out of the boat, the support will always be there.
What would be lost if Dartmouth eliminates the Lightweight Rowing Team?
I believed I had a chance in the sport of rowing despite never having taken a stroke in my life. There are few sports at Dartmouth where someone with zero prior experience could walk on to the team saying nothing about the ability to walk on and become the captain three years later. Many of my teammates had never played an organized sport in their life and found a home on the lightweight crew team. Getting rid of that option is an incredible loss given how valuable team sports are to be a part of.