Bianca Jackson
Position: Coxswain
Year: Senior
Hometown: Glencoe, Ill.
High School: New Trier

Q&A with Bianca Jackson

Why Dartmouth?
While many schools boast excellent academics and strong athletic programs, especially in the Ivy League, what sets Dartmouth above the rest is that it is really the whole package: academics, sports, and a genuine sense of community across the entire campus. Being at Dartmouth allows me to challenge myself in all aspects of life, and to really grow as a student, an athlete, and person.

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

I started rowing for my high school crew while looking for a way to cross train for my other sports, but ended up falling in love with it. I raced on my school's varsity lightweight 8+ and varsity 8+ before deciding to make the switch over to coxing. I made the switch both because of the obvious size (or lack thereof) issue, but also because I wanted to use everything that I'd learned from rowing to make an even greater impact on the team.

Have you won any academic or rowing awards recently?

I received the Martha Beattie Outstanding Freshman award in 2012 from Dartmouth Rowing.

What is something about you that might come as a surprise to your teammates?
I am a national champion in three separate sports: rowing, synchronized skating, and shotokan karate, and have been named to Team USA for the latter two. I have competed internationally for the US in Sweden, Austria, and France.

What extracurricular activities are you involved in on campus?
I am a student tutor, I play intramural hockey, and I do a lot of work for my sorority's national philanthropy, Autism Speaks.

What are your future plans, if any?

I am an engineering sciences major modified with economics, and hope to use this degree to enter the business world and work abroad.