Chris Nelson
Major: Information Systems
Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

Senior Spotlight: Chris Nelson ’17

My freshman year when I arrived at the boathouse I had no idea that it would become such a large part of my life. I was a little overweight and out of shape, but somehow I managed to stick around until spring. I was hooked. Over the winter and spring trips I bonded with the team and made friends that I’m sure I will have all my life.

Rowing has taught me more than anything else in my life, and I’ve pushed myself harder for this sport than for anything else. This sport has taught me how to push through fatigue and discomfort to finish the task at hand, whether it’s a race, trailer loading or schoolwork.

Nothing in my life has shaped me the way rowing has, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The Grand Valley State University Rowing Club challenges its student-athletes to reach the highest level to which they aspire both academically and athletically, while continuing to build and sustain a nationally competitive intercollegiate rowing program.

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