Did you walk on to the lightweight rowing team?
What impact did rowing have on your Dartmouth experience?
Coming into Dartmouth, I knew that I wanted to continue my participation in athletics. I had been a swimmer since the third grade and it seemed the obvious choice to those around me and myself at the time that I would try to walk on to Dartmouth’s swim team. However, during high school I had always wanted to try rowing but never got the chance as my school did not have a program. One day, on a whim, I decided to search “Dartmouth Rowing Team” on YouTube and stumbled across the winter 2017 training video. At the end of the video, for some unknown reason, I was sold. I knew that I wanted to be a part of the team. Two years later, after having walked on to the D150s I can confidently say that it has been the best decision that I have made at Dartmouth. From giving me a chance to pursue athletic excellence at a high level, giving me the opportunity to try a new sport and giving me a community that I had no idea existed, the lightweight crew team has not only shaped my Dartmouth experience but it IS my Dartmouth experience. I know now that what I found so exciting in that video two years ago was the deep sense of community that resonated with me in something as mundane as a three minute video. I had often heard schools talk about their “strong community” through the college application process and the various tours that I went on. Dartmouth even advertised itself to be exceptional in that regard. However, all the promotional material fell flat. Stock pictures of college students smiling did not convince me of this fact. The truly unique communities that make Dartmouth what it is did. The Dartmouth administration can attempt to manufacture what they believe the institution and student body should be in their own image if they choose to do so. However, they should know that they do so at their own detriment as it is irrevocably damaging the culture that defines the Dartmouth community itself; not simply the Dartmouth “Student-Athlete” community.
What would be lost if Dartmouth eliminates the Lightweight Rowing Team?
I think the testimonial works in this regard.