Hey there Mustang Fans!
My name is Torre Kean and I am a freshman novice rower. I have always been an active person, but until I came to SMU, my main form of exercise was dance. It has been difficult to switch from an activity such as dancing to the very different sport of rowing. In addition to having to teach my body to do things and coordinate itself in ways it is not used to doing, I have had to be very time-conscious and more organized than I have ever been. I am double majoring in Marketing and Communications and double minoring in Chinese and German, and I am an active member of two Greek organizations on campus. I often joke about the fact that presently, I only do five things: 1) eat, 2) sleep (but not much), 3) go to class, 4) study, and 5) row. If I am not doing one of those five things, I am doing a variation or combination of them, like eating lunch in my dorm room as I study, or going over the following day's race plan as I fall asleep. My friends that are not involved in rowing ask me how I do it, and I simply reply that when you love doing something, "sacrifices" aren't really sacrifices, just readjustments. Instead of sleeping an extra two hours, I wake up in the morning and row on a beautiful lake, and whether the water is flat as glass or we are in the midst of a tornado, I smile as I try my best to row as one with my teammates, watching the sun rise over the Dallas sky-line. The word "sacrifice" never comes to my mind.
Experiences like watching the sun rise nearly every morning, making friends with people I never would have met otherwise, and feeling like an essential cog in a bewilderingly strong machine are constant reminders of why I joined this team, and why I intend to remain a part of it until I graduate. There is a poster in the room where we practice indoors that says "Pain is Temporary, Pride is Forever." I hope that the pride I have gained from working hard as a member of this team will not be the only thing that lasts forever. I hope these friendships, these role models I have met, these absurd jokes, triumphs, and even failures, will remain with me in my heart through my remaining years here at SMU and beyond. No sacrifices, just readjustments.
Torre Kean '11