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Danny Reitsch
Position: Rower
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Rockford, Ill.
High School: Guilford
Q & A with  Danny Reitsch

Why Dartmouth?


    I was first drawn to Dartmouth because of the undergraduate focus. The brilliant and committed professors, small class size, focus on outdoor activities, reputation, and the beauty of the campus are what I love about the College. Most of all I love the strong alumni family that I've become a part of. When I wear my Dartmouth sweater in the airport or around Chicago, I'm assured to run into alumni who are ecstatic to speak to a current student and share stories of their time at the best school in the world. It's these chance encounters that make the Dartmouth experience so special. Choosing Dartmouth was the best decision I've made. Go Big Green!

How long have you been rowing and what interested you about rowing?

    I am a proud walk-on to the heavyweight rowing team. I began rowing this fall and I absolutely love it. The sport is a brutal combination of cardio, fitness, and pure strength. My favorite parts of rowing with this team are the mental challenge and test of stamina. Pushing myself in all of these areas has made me a stronger individual.  

Have you won any awards?
    
    I have yet to receive any rowing awards. Outside of rowing, I was valedictorian of my high school, MVP of the Golf Team, a successful Tennis player, president of National Honor Society and Key Club, 5-year Principal Bassist of the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra, MVP of the Quiz Bowl Team with all-conference and all-sectional awards, semi-finalist for the United States Senate Youth Program, and founded a tennis-racket stringing business. 

What is something that would come as a surprise about you to your teammates?
   

    I speak French, Italian, German and can read and write Russian. I know every world capital. I play double bass, piano, classical guitar, bassoon, oboe, and the duduk. Upon returning from Quebec City this winter and crossing the border back to the States I cried due to a rush of patriotism.

What non-crew activities are you involved in on campus?

    I'm involved with Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering, entrepreneurship programs through the Tuck Business School, Project Z, Mitosis, and I'm shadowing a pediatric organ transplant surgeon

What are your future plans?


   I plan to major in computer science modified with economics and I intend to take pre-med courses and minor in German.
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