University is an entirely unfamiliar chapter in most people’s lives, and the sport provides a solid foundation both mentally and physically for its athletes to succeed. Whether through the weekend races, the shared experiences, and shared desire for growth, collegiate rowing at UCI provides a base level of athletic and collegiate proficiency that many students will struggle to reach on their own.
One of the largest problems that new college students face in their now-independent lives is self-accountability, which often arises through lack of structure in their daily routines. Any member of the Crew will tell you that while waking up early doesn’t sound appealing, the motivation and focus it provides to complete extra tasks is unmatched. Beyond this, fellow oarsmen are always able to help one another with class and other knowledge, an aspect that non-athletes may struggle to find.