Senior captains and representatives of varsity teams at Harvard contributed viewpoints based on personal experience from both their senior seasons and full varsity careers at Harvard. Each year the Senior Perspectives are compiled into a book and handed out at the Senior Letterwinner’s Dinner.
Senior Perspectives thus forms a valuable portion of each team’s legacy to sport at Harvard and to the permanent record built here by our varsity athletes. Throughout the summer, these senior essays will be posted to GoCrimson.com for all to see.
On the morning of August 24, 2006, my dad and I drove on the winding one-way streets of Cambridge in a torrential downpour. I was on my way to Mather House, the dorm where the sailing team was staying for preseason. A confusing mix of excitement and worry filled me.
In one of the first weeks of the fall of 2008, I injured my knee. This injury put me on crutches and prevented me from sailing for the rest of the season. While the injury certainly was disappointing, it gave me the opportunity to realize how much my team members mean to me. My first night back in my dorm room, my teammates surprised me with a homemade cake and poster size card. Even though they had raced all weekend and surely had hours of homework to do, they sacrificed their time to offer support and encouragement to me. This anecdote is just one small example of how my teammates have supported me over the past four years.
In addition to providing a family for me, sailing has also helped me learn discipline and time management. Because being a varsity athlete is so demanding, I have learned how to limit procrastination and efficiently complete my schoolwork. Sailing has been the perfect complement to schoolwork. It gave me something to look forward to as I was pushing myself to write my thesis or study for a midterm.