Q&A with Abby Thornburg
When I was trying to decide where to apply to college it was
hard to differentiate between some of the schools; all those I was interested
were smaller, undergraduate focused, somewhat rural, and academically rigorous.
It wasn't until I visited Dartmouth that I knew it was my favorite. I couldn't
get over how welcoming and down-to-earth people were and how beautiful the
landscape was. Plus, I really liked the rowing team!
How long have you been rowing and what interested you about
I became interested in rowing after attending a Stanford
rowing camp four summers ago, but I didn't pursue it until now. Throughout high
school I played basketball and volleyball, but I was not talented enough to
play either of those at the Division I level. When a friend walked on to
Princeton's team two years ago I was reminded of the sport, and I decided I
wanted to walk on at Dartmouth. I love having every minute of my time
scheduled, I love to be outside on the river, and I love the trust and support between
What is something about you that might come as a surprise to
I spend my summers teaching canoeing at a summer camp in
Wisconsin, so I normally paddle facing forward!
What extracurricular activities are you involved in on
Beside rowing, I sing in the Gospel Choir and am a part of
WISP (Women in Science Project).
What are your future plans, if any?
As for now I am undecided as to a major and career path, but
I think I am interested in becoming a doctor.