Did you walk on to the lightweight rowing team?
What impact did rowing have on your Dartmouth experience?
Dartmouth has no opportunity like the lightweight rowing team. Nowhere else could someone of my size have found a community that requires such passion and discipline as runs through the team. rowing introduced me to some of the most impressive people on Dartmouth’s campus, and indirectly exposed me to groups of people I simply never would have met through the colleges other programs, clubs or groups.
What impact did rowing have beyond college?
Aside from the discipline that is maybe the most tangible benefit I took from rowing, the confidence and perspective I learned through the training, racing, and overall struggle of competing in the sprints league pushed me to become a more passionate person in my day to day life. I’ve seen many friends at Dartmouth lose their passion and motivation at points in their Dartmouth careers, but that simply wasn’t an option as a member of this team. I would not have been where I am today, and don’t want to think of where I would be, without the support and development I experience on the team.
What would be lost if Dartmouth eliminates the Lightweight Rowing Team?
From Dartmouth’s perspective, it will lose its most accessible varsity sport for students who were not recruited athletes, as well as one of the highest performing teams academically. It will also damage its strong reputation of being a leader in undergraduate success. When Dartmouth slipped in national rankings during my time there, we justified it by saying the school still focuses on and provides for its undergraduates. That is no longer the case.
Current and future students, both the minority that are/would be recruited and the majority who are/would be walkons, lose an invaluable part of their personal development. This team provides students who, because of their physical size or lack of athletic history, don’t have a single other option to pursue a career as a nationally competitive Student athlete at Dartmouth.