I am currently a rower for the Pelham Community Rowing Association in New Rochelle, New York. I began rowing my freshman year and spent the fall and winter seasons on our development team. That spring I moved up to the Intermediate Team. Originally, my club was not competitive or serious in any aspect. In previous years, members of my team had rarely seen good results. They relied on their raw talent rather than good coaching. At the end of my freshman year, everything changed. That summer, PCRA named former bronze Olympic medalist Henrik Rummel the new director of rowing and head girls coach, and Reid Johnson, a former varsity rower and captain at Hobart and former assistant coach at Princeton, the new head boys coach. Although I was very fond of the people who stepped down, I realize I would not be anywhere close to the level of rower I am with the new coaching. Since Reid started coaching the boys team, practice is much more difficult and demanding. At the same time, our all-around talent as a team is exponentially improved. Although we have yet to put up astounding results, we are vastly improved and I believe PCRA will be a force to reckon with in the future. In the time Reid has been my coach, he has shown me what it means to be a varsity rower, and just how challenging it is to be great at this sport.
Outside of rowing, I engage in many activities and hobbies. I am a member of the Math Honor Society. Once a week I stay after school to tutor students taking difficult math classes that I took and excelled in. Additionally, I am a martial arts teacher (or sensei). I began taking martial arts when I was 6 years old and have stuck with it ever since, earning my first-degree black belt at age 12, and my second-degree black belt at age 15. At age 14, I was selected as one of the few students who showed the promise and leadership required to become a sensei and work at my dojo. We typically employ 3-4 high school students as teachers. Together with the adult instructors, we teach over 400 students. In school, I work hard to maintain good grades, while taking classes that interest and challenge me. This year, 5 out of 6 of my classes are AP or an honors. The only one that is not is Sports Marketing.
Overall, I believe that rowing in college at a highly competitive level is something that would greatly benefit and inspire me as a person. I would like the opportunity to be a part of something greater than myself and be able to represent my entire university, while creating and enjoying the close bonds and friendship that come from working hard together.