Written Senior Perspectives: Taylor Garden

Written Senior Perspectives: Taylor Garden

The 2015 Senior Perspectives is the 10th in a series of annual collections. Senior captains and representatives of teams at Harvard have been invited to contribute viewpoints based on personal experience from both their senior seasons and full varsity careers at Harvard.

For a complete listing of 2015 Senior Perspectives,click here.

Taylor Garden, Women’s Lightweight Crew, Team Co-Captain
Hometown: Greenwich, Conn.
Concentration: Statistics
House Affiliation: Quincy

With graduation just days away, I can confidently conclude that being on the Radcliffe varsity lightweight team has been the most rewarding, educational, valuable part of my time at Harvard. My time in Weld Boathouse provided me a setting to develop my goals, assess my strengths and weaknesses, and learn more about myself.

Each season on RVL brought me new challenges and opportunities. As a freshman, I was challenged by the sheer intensity of the training schedule and learning to balance it with classes. By senior year, I was focused on learning to lead a team ranked No. 1 in the country. The skills I acquired during my time on the team go far beyond what can be applied on the water alone. I learned how to be a good teammate, stay positive after a setback, work constructively with my coaches, and enjoy every experience along the way. 

Being apart of RVL was not always easy, yet in spite of the early morning rows, the freezing temperatures, the aching muscles, I looked forward to practice everyday, for a large part because of my teammates. RVL is composed of incredibly talented, hilarious, quirky, and inspiring individuals, who have bonded over their mutual love of rowing. There is no other group on campus I would turn to for support than my teammates, many of whom have become some of my closest friends.

I will always be grateful for my experience as a member of RVL. It has brought me friendships and memories that will last a lifetime, yet it has also helped shape me into the person I am today.