Did you walk on to the lightweight rowing team?
What impact did rowing have on your Dartmouth experience?
Being a D150 was a central part of my time at Dartmouth. I was put through my toughest tests not in organic chemistry or multivariate statistics classes, but in the boathouse and on the Connecticut river. I forged deep friendships and developed a connection to Dartmouth and New Hampshire though my countless hours spent on the river. I cannot imagine my time at Dartmouth without the lightweight rowing program. Without any hyperbole, I can say that I would not be who I am today if I had not been part of our team.
What impact did rowing have beyond college?
The relentless dedication towards a set of goals without an expectation of external reward is an invaluable quality in life. This is what allowed me to excel in my academics and professional pursuits and gain acceptance to medical school at Stanford, where I am now in my 4th year. I have little doubt that I will be a better physician, a profession that requires lifelong dedication to learning and personal growth, because of my time as a D150.
What would be lost if Dartmouth eliminates the Lightweight Rowing Team?
The greatest loss would be the opportunity for current and future Dartmouth students to have access to an enormously unique and valuable experience that would support their growth into capable, confident, and well-rounded people. Rowing is the quintessential team sport, and there is no place to do it like the Connecticut river. Another casualty would be the sense of connection to the College that we as alumni have as a result of our time on the men’s lightweight rowing team. One of our most compelling reasons for coming back to Hanover and supporting the College would be lost along with that sense of connection.