Lessons Learned from U23s

On the flight home from the U23 World Championships in Rotterdam last year I wrote this note in my computer: Things I’ve learned: -Never count out China -Never never never give up -Appreciate the people who will help you through the training, not the people who only acknowledge your success -Love your parents -Be nice always -Someone has to come in last place   I … Continue reading Lessons Learned from U23s

What do Selection Camp and Musical Chairs have in Common??

I’ve spent the last month living in Princeton, NJ at Under 23 Selection Camp. About thirty women from across the country applied and were chosen by USRowing to come to NJ and put together three fast boats that will compete at the U23 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria at the end of July.     It’s hard to describe what selection camp is like … Continue reading What do Selection Camp and Musical Chairs have in Common??

Rowing is Not “The College Experience”

Rowing in college is a totally different from the “traditional college experience.”  Being a D1 rower at a competitive school has not been what MTV/Rom-Coms/College Game Day/Project X made me expect college to be like.   Here’s the root this nostalgic epiphany:  during finals week I was crazy stressed out about school and rowing and went to get a power bowl at Forage after practice … Continue reading Rowing is Not “The College Experience”

Is Inter-squad Competition Constructive?– A lesson from Kanye.

Psychological theory (or at least this TedTalk) states that we push ourselves further than we would normally push ourselves when there’s someone next to us. Yes. Absolutely. I agree.   This vein of theory outlines the idea that if we measure ourselves off what someone else is doing, we’ll be measuring our success on a win-lose basis. If I am better than this person I … Continue reading Is Inter-squad Competition Constructive?– A lesson from Kanye.