I first started rowing during the summer before my freshman year of high school (June-July 2015). I started rowing with the thoughts of it being only a summer "activity", but I was wrong and feel in love with the sport immediately. The sport alone showed me how to fight through the hardest battles, mentally and physically.
One of my many dreams is to row at a collegiate level, along with that dream, I also dream to become a physical therapist. As an athlete, I'm taught to be a team player. I've learned that being a team player is not only someone who cheers on their teammates, but also assist their opponents when assistance is needed. I believe that this trait would transfer well in the field of physical therapy.
Rowing has not only taught me how to be competitive on the water and erg but also be competitive academically. Every bit of skill and knowledge I have learned from rowing have all positively impacted my life. I personally love seeing how strong rowing has made me. Every day, I wake up, go to school, and then go to practice. At practice, I am able to prove to myself that I am strong over and over again. Every day I learn a little more about myself and the sport. That is one of the many reasons I love rowing.