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Eric Edelstein
Position: Rower
Year: Junior
Hometown: Newton, Mass.
High School: Concord Academy

Q&A with Eric Edelstein

Why Dartmouth?

Since I was little I've always found myself most at home in the mountains. Dartmouth is no exception.  The sense of community the isolation here breeds is really something special, and although the top quality education and extreme devotion to its students is what drew me to Dartmouth, it's the amazing people in this great setting that make this place a real home.


How long have you been rowing and what got you interested in rowing?

I always loved being outside, and discovered cross country in high school as a way to take a few hours every day and just enjoy moving through the streets,trails, woods, etc.  I slowly found that it wasn't only the sport or the races that kept 
me hooked, but also the process of finding a defining goal that underlay my everyday life and striving for it together with my team.  I wasn't talented enough to run here, and without that constancy of training in my everyday life, I felt a bit empty. When the opportunity came around to join a new team full of like-minded athletes who shared my same strange love of training, I jumped right on it and haven't looked back.

Have you won any academic or rowing awards recently?

I came from a school that prided itself on not offering any academic honorsor  awards, so it was pretty cool when I realized I made the Dean's List my first term.  Hopefully the future will bode as well.

Tell me something interesting about you that might come as a surprise to your teammates.

I've never lost a game of hangman before.  Back in elementary school, we played every day from kindergarten to around fifth grade, where I then retired from competitive play in order to preserve my stellar record.


What other activities do you participate in on campus?

I spend time at the Chabad house for Shabbat (Jewish Sabbath) on Fridays.  For me it's a great way to stay in touch with my culture and the company there is so relaxed and open that it really reminds me of where I come from.

What are your future plans, if any.

It's so easy to get caught up in trying to plan out my time at Dartmouth and my 
life after college, but the days just fly by so fast that four years is starting to seem short only a few months into my college career.  Right now I'm just
trying to slow things down a bit and find ways to enjoy every day before they all become a blur.

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