Did you walk on to the lightweight rowing team?
What impact did rowing have on your Dartmouth experience?
It would not be unreasonable to say that rowing was my Dartmouth experience. It was the central reason for my existence on campus, and all other activities orbited around rowing. This is not to say that I didn’t strive to excel in the classroom or my other extracurricular pursuits; rather, rowing gave me structure, meaning, and purpose on a daily basis, throughout the year, every year.
What impact did rowing have beyond college?
I am now a teacher and a rowing coach, so my college experience pretty directly applied to my career. Beyond the obvious, though, rowing taught me how to work hard, methodically and patiently, to achieve long term goals. This is a lesson I use every single day in every facet of my job.
What would be lost if Dartmouth eliminates the Lightweight Rowing Team?
My love for Dartmouth would disappear.