Young Sang Ryu
Position: Rower
Year: Senior
Hometown: Los Angeles, CAlif.
High School: Windward
Why Dartmouth?
I did not really consider Dartmouth until I visited the campus. The fantastic scenery of Dartmouth attracted me to the school. With further research about the college's academics and social life, I made the decision to apply to Dartmouth. I am so grateful to be here in this college.
How long have you been rowing and what interested you about rowing?
Surprisingly if someone went back into the past and told my high school self that I would be rowing on a collegiate varsity team, I would give them a good chuckle and pass them by. As athletics was not something I had given much effort, the several alumni and friends recommending that I try walking on to either rowing or rugby convinced me to walk on to rowing as a freshman (I was not interested in breaking bones). What keeps me going each day is the fact that I am continuing to do an activity that is foreign to me. It does get difficult at times, but that's also what makes it fun.
What is something about you that might come as a surprise to your teammates?
Before college, I was 200lbs (not of muscle). Needless to say, rowing has done its magic.
What extracurricular activities are you involved in on campus?
I am a member of Christian Union and a lab researcher at DHMC.
What are your future plans, if any?
My current plan is to attend medical school and then hopefully have a career in medicine. Hence, I am on the prehealth track and will major in Biology (with a minor in Chinese). Although I have not planned what to do after medical school, I really do hope that I continue rowing as it is something I really do enjoy.