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Amanda Duchesne
Position: Walk Trot
Year: Senior
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
High School: Notre Dame School

 

At Dartmouth, Amanda is an Environmental Earth Science modified with Engineering major. She intends on eventually pursuing a career in nuclear waste management and aspires to earn her PhD one day.

Q&A with Amanda

Why Dartmouth?


To be honest, sometimes I still mull this question over, and I’m already in my senior year! I’m actually a first generation college student, so this question doesn’t feel so cookie-cutter to me given that I applied to over 20 schools. I think what it ultimately boiled down to was the community support I felt here before I even arrived on campus my freshman year. The academic and extracurricular opportunities at Dartmouth are a given. But for me, I also needed a learning environment that I could see myself succeeding in. I saw that at Dartmouth – from the professors I spoke with in departments I was interested in to the members of the Latino community I met during admitted students’ weekend to even the financial aid officers dedicated to making sure my socioeconomic background wouldn’t stand in the way of my educational experience. Those factors influenced me most when it came to deciding on Dartmouth, and so here I am four years later.


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

I actually never rode until my sophomore summer at Dartmouth. This was back when the Dartmouth Riding Center still offered PE classes, and I thought it would be great to take a beginner horseback riding class just for fun. I’m from Manhattan, so I figured the chance wouldn’t come around again. I loved it, and then I later found out that the team needed a walk-trot rider when the coach contacted me my junior winter. So, I've been really riding ever since then. I never, ever imagined I would be on a varsity team while in college, but that's Dartmouth for you!

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

Sometimes I just want to leave everything I know behind and go act on Broadway!

What activities are you involved in outside of Equestrian?

I am currently the President of the Tabard co-educational fraternity, as well as an EMT with Dartmouth Emergency Medical Services (D-EMS). Aside from that, I'm also a ceramics assistant at the pottery studio on campus and have been a tour guide for the admissions office.

What are your future plans?

To live a life filled with adventure and happiness!

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