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Studying in the US on a rowing scholarship

For the UK’s top junior rowers, there’s a well-established pull to pursue rowing and education at some of the US’s top rowing universities. Phoebe Horan of Junior Rowing News spoke to former GB juniors Zoe Adamson (Oregon State University) and Simon Nuyanon (Harvard University) to understand more about the US collegiate system and what makes it such an attractive proposition

Selling yourself and shopping around

The journey to join a leading US university is understandably long. Before you get on a plane with your laptop, rowing kit and maybe your teddy, there’s a laborious recruitment cycle. “I went on loads of official visits during my gap year,” said Zoe (at six in the photo above). “The recruiting process can be brutal so if you’re considering it, make sure to shop around as it’s best to have more than one offer”. Rowing isn’t the only component in making these tough decisions; on one visit, a coach encouraged Simon on his visit to consider where he’d want to be without rowing.

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