Ben’s road to MSU was not always a sure thing. In high school, he wasn’t quite sure where he wanted to go, what he wanted to study, or how big of a school he wanted to attend. He seriously considered attending Wittenberg University with a student population of less than 2000. The one thing he knew for certain was that he wanted to row; that priority – along with an interest in both ecology and graphic design – narrowed down his choices, and eventually he selected Michigan State. In retrospect, this was a fortuitous choice, as MSU is the only college he was considering which offers his current major of Forestry.
With the second semester of his senior year upon him, Ben has become especially contemplative about his four years in East Lansing. He has great memories from his freshman year: the dorm lifestyle of constantly being surrounded by new people and new friends, the awe-inspiring spectacle of collegiate rowing regattas like Dad Vail, and the new freedom of living on his own (which he assures he used exclusively in the pursuit of good decisions.) He also enjoys recalling his move to varsity as a sophomore, and the narrowed focus of the Crew Club from a new Head Coach. He thinks about the changing of the guard his junior year, when his class became the elder statesmen of the team and he earned a seat in the top boat. Now, Ben is excited for the promise of his senior year. He loves how far both he and the Crew Club have come in four years, and how close the team has grown this year in particular. Ben can already proudly name every novice on the roster this year thanks to increased novice-varsity bonding; he also observes a gritty, determined “dogfight” mentality throughout the team during tough workouts. As much as Ben has enjoyed the past four years, it almost seems he wishes he were a freshman so that he could experience it all over again.