I love being an athlete. This love affair isn’t new. I played tennis from the age of four, going with my mom to the courts every day for at least two hours. Then came swimming, getting up early before school and going back to the pool at night. At my sister’s suggestion, I joined my high school’s rowing team and ended up here, as a Division I rower....
By Max F. Neuman, Blythe Edwards, Nathan Santos, Liberty Martin, Milagro Chavez-Cisneros, Sam Wilcox, Lana Awadallah, Daphnie Ordoñez, Sabina Jones, Kalena Chiu, Jacob Kaplan, Emma Gometz, Venice Ohleyer, Sabina Maurer, and Yasna Vismale
DISCOURSE & DEBATE
My experience choosing a college was molded not just by my academic ambition, but by my desire to pursue Division I collegiate rowing. However, it took me until this year to feel proud enough to tell classmates that I was recruited. Agrawal’s op-ed, published earlier this week, reflects a problematic misunderstanding of the value of high-level sports which perpetuates the dismissiveness toward student-athletes at Columbia....