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Abby Thornburg
Position: Rower
Year: Senior
Hometown: Menlo Park, Calif.
High School: Castilleja

Q&A with Abby Thornburg

Why Dartmouth?
When I was trying to decide where to apply to college it was hard to differentiate between some of the schools; all those I was interested were smaller, undergraduate focused, somewhat rural, and academically rigorous. It wasn't until I visited Dartmouth that I knew it was my favorite. I couldn't get over how welcoming and down-to-earth people were and how beautiful the landscape was. Plus, I really liked the rowing team!

How long have you been rowing and what interested you about rowing?
I became interested in rowing after attending a Stanford rowing camp four summers ago, but I didn't pursue it until now. Throughout high school I played basketball and volleyball, but I was not talented enough to play either of those at the Division I level. When a friend walked on to Princeton's team two years ago I was reminded of the sport, and I decided I wanted to walk on at Dartmouth. I love having every minute of my time scheduled, I love to be outside on the river, and I love the trust and support between teammates.

What is something about you that might come as a surprise to your teammates?
I spend my summers teaching canoeing at a summer camp in Wisconsin, so I normally paddle facing forward!

What extracurricular activities are you involved in on campus?
Beside rowing, I sing in the Gospel Choir and am a part of WISP (Women in Science Project).

What are your future plans, if any?
As for now I am undecided as to a major and career path, but I think I am interested in becoming a doctor.

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