Why Row in College?
Camaraderie: there is nothing that will match the sense of belonging like being on a college team, because of training, demands, commitment, team rewards, special relationships/support for life
Being in a special group of people: your status, confidence, self-esteem, sense of importance (not self-importance) goes up. People know you as a rower and immediately know you have a different level of discipline, commitment and ability to work hard, a little “nuts” (which raises other people’s estimation of you). They know you are not afraid of commitment, suffering, hard work, or anything –people respect those things.
Travel/opportunities: Not just for spring break but many weekends by coach bus to other venues, having uniforms, gym bags, losers’ shirts, food, etc. provided for you.
Better College Choices: Rowing will help you get into a better college if you research your choices properly, follow-up with coaches and admissions offices where you feel the love and are not afraid to go outside of your comfort zone (location, preconceived names, etc.).
Superb facilities including a boathouse, boats, training equipment, trainers, coaches, full-time people committed to your success on and of the water.
Rowing/sports organizes your life. Others are struggling with the first year of balancing free time, partying and academics. You don’t need to worry about free time and partying. You have little free time and you can’t really party. Easy. It helps. College is a mess and often a waste of money for kids without direction.
Better choices After College: When employers know you were a college athlete, particularly a rower, they look at you differently. They know what you have been through and respect that you can handle anything, have good time management skills, are tough, understand teamwork, working for goals bigger than yourself.
Personal Growth: You will grow as a person much faster through college sports than almost anything else, understand yourself, both body, mind and emotions. Even if rowing only lasts one or two years, you will never regret the lessons learned from doing it. But not doing it might always leave you wondering if you should have tried.