I entered Dartmouth having no clue where I would fit in. As a black woman, I knew people who looked like me wouldn’t be the majority. I had originally planned on walking onto the women’s track team since that was the sport I competed in throughout high school, but two stress fractures my senior year of high school took away that dream. It was on a whim that I decided to join the Dartmouth Rowing Team and it is by far the best decision I have ever made.
From an emotional standpoint, the Dartmouth Lights gave me a family on campus. It gave me support and a sense of belonging at a school that otherwise, especially for minority students, can be incredibly isolating. From a practical standpoint, it taught me grit, determination, sacrifice, time management, leadership, teamwork, communication, motivation, quick decision making, and quite frankly every other skill that has allowed me to be a successful law student, coach, friend, and employee.
The Dartmouth Lights are a unique team. A team where anyone, regardless of their background or experience, can join and if they are willing to work harder than they have worked before, they can be successful. To deprive future generations of Dartmouth students the opportunity to be a D150 will, without a doubt, take away someone’s opportunity to discover the best version of themselves.