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Mary Reckford
Position: Rower
Year: Senior
Hometown: Short Hills, N.J.
High School: Phillips Exeter

Q&A with Mary Reckford

Why Dartmouth?
I chose Dartmouth because of its size and the opportunities for travel. Going to a super huge college where you never just "run into" people would have been weird for me, but so would being in a grade of 300 kids. Also, although I complain about it constantly, New Hampshire is just a beautiful place to live. Of course, once I got here I learned better reasons to love it, but really size, opportunity to go abroad, and the community were huge pulls for me.

How long have you been rowing and what interested you in rowing?
I started rowing the summer before 8th grade, so in 2006. My Dad had rowed a season in college and my sister was rowing for her high school, so I did one of those summer rowing camps to check it out and just didn't stop.

What is something that might come as a surprise to your teammates?
I didn't make it onto the competitive rowing team my freshman year in high school, even though I already knew how to row and many of the other students didn't. I also almost quit rowing to focus on pole-vaulting my Sophomore year in high school.

What extracurricular activities are you involved in on campus outside of rowing?
I work as an undergraduate adviser and am currently a member of a sorority, with plans to become more involved in on-campus groups as I figure out what I'm looking for.

What are your future plans, if any?
After graduation I hope to continue my education, either at law school or in the psychology field. I would also really enjoy taking some time off from academia to travel and experience the world, hopefully with the peace corps or another volunteer organization.

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