Hello, my name is Jess Dyroff. As a child, I was driven, determined to stuff my head with as much knowledge as possible, focused on reaching my full potential. Largely, I am still that same girl today. You would be hard-pressed to find a work-ethic that parallels mine. Many days I will wake up far before the sun rises, erg, spend 6 hours in school, weight-train, and come home to another 6 hours of homework, a task that keeps me occupied long into the early morning. As a student, I have always excelled. This is something I largely attribute to not just my desire for success, but also my craving for knowledge. Such desires have led me to be ranked #1 in my class, a class in which there are 14 students who have over a 4.0 GPA.
I fell in love with crew during the summer going into 6th grade, when I attended a local novice sculling camp. Since then, I have been hooked. I have fully committed myself to the sport of rowing. By fully committed, I mean that I have made the declaration that I will do whatever possible, to excel at this sport. As a college athlete, a coach can expect me to give over 110% of my effort, and never complain about doing so. Never will my coach question my love, dedication, nor commitment to them, their team, nor the sport of rowing. I also love crew because of the camaraderie that comes with it. As the captain of my high school team, I view myself as a leader on the squad, but I show that leadership by offering the underclassmen an example of an athlete who never gives up. Team spirit and bonding is of paramount importance to me, and as a college athlete I am looking for a team in which I can fit and grow.
Overall, I will work harder than anyone, no matter what, in both crew and in my school work at the college level. I will never let my coach down.