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Three and a Half More Weeks

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cardoza Photo It’s hard to piece together this year. It had its ups and it had its downs. Now that we only have a few more weeks left, Boards, finals, Challenge of the Guardian, Summer Assignments, everything is weighing us down heavily and we are all just ready for it to be over. Last night we had the Poetry Slam, where a poem from every class was read by its writer in a face off with all the other class’s poems, and it made me realize how much our class relies on each other. This year truly did bring us together closer as a class. Seeing everybody stand up and cheer for almost every poem that was presented while still maintaining our professionalism and respect for all the other performers was pretty nice to see. We all have each other’s backs no matter what we go through, and I have seen that develop throughout this year and it has been such a great experience to be a part of that! We see the end in sight and its gotten to the point where we are all motivating each other to keep going, to just finish out 4/c year. It’s been hard but only a few more weeks and then we will finally be done.


More about Samantha.


First Race of the Season!

(Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Driscoll Photo I know that I have written about almost every aspect of my life in my last few posts, but this one will be exclusively about crew. Yesterday, 31MAR2012, we had our first race of the spring season against Wesleyan University. We woke up around 0600 (on a Saturday when we could’ve slept in all day because there was no morning formation!) to ride the bus for an hour to Middletown, Connecticut. It was pretty wet and cold also, but I was so nervous I barely noticed.


I coxed two races: the Men’s Novice 4 and the Men’s Novice 8. (A four and an eight are just that: a boat with four rowers or eight rowers). A 2K is intense. We won in the four, but lost by two boat lengths in the eight, unfortunately. However, we know what we need to work on for the next race, after Easter. I wish I could put exactly how I feel about crew into words, but it’s almost impossible! If you come here, you’ll have to try it for yourself.


The two highlights of my day were getting the Wesleyan cox’s shirt and being told my 4/c Luke Carani (my stroke seat) that I did really well, and helped him push through the last 1000 meters of the race. It is a crew tradition that the winning team gets the t-shirts from the losing team, and vice versa. Now 4/c Bryce Monaco, 4/c Alex Kloo, 3/c Ben McKeathen, Luke, and I all have one win under our belt! I really want to win more! Hearing Luke tell me that I did a good job motivating him to finish his third race of the day (poor him!) paid off for all the work I’ve put into this season. From here, it’ll only get better…


Our next race is two weeks away. So, the cycle starts all over again! As always, email me at if you need anything.


More about Peter.