DURHAM, N.C. – Before Duke rowing senior Alexa Campbell enters her final season as a Blue Devil, GoDuke.com reflects back on her time on the water.
Campbell participated in four regattas as a member of the 3V8 during the spring campaign and started the year with a win at the Carolina Cup. Campbell and the 3V8 squad also claimed a victory in the ACC Championship Petite Final and was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll for her efforts.
GoDuke.com recently sat down with Campbell to reflect on her time at Duke, discuss goals for the upcoming season and learn what DWR means to her.
How do you know coming to Duke was the right decision for you?
AC: “During my first semester at Duke I was introduced to all the resources the global health department at Duke has, including the incredible faculty and classes I would be able to learn from. The resources Duke has available for the undergraduate students and the quality of the faculty made me sure that Duke was the right choice for me.”
What have the relationships you’ve formed here meant to you and how have they added to your experience?
AC: “Being on the Duke Rowing team has led me to meet so many strong women who are extremely driven both athletically and academically. The friends I’ve made on the team push me to be the best version of myself, and that’s helped me in many different aspects of my life.”
What will a degree from Duke mean to you?
AC: “A degree from Duke will be an affirmation of all the work I’ve put in through these past four years. I’ve definitely had a lot of bumps along the way, so earning my degree will be an incredible accomplishment for me.”
What is one lesson Duke rowing has taught you that you will carry over to the rest of your life?
AC: “Rowing has taught me how to manage my time and prioritize. When I joined the team last year, I kept up with most of my extracurricular commitments, including clubs and work. Twenty hours per week of rowing, plus classes, work and sleep has not been easy, but my time management skills are better than ever.”
What is one team goal you all have for the season?
AC: “Win ACCs.”
How has your role changed since joining the team?
AC: “I’m in the unique position of having joined the team as a junior, so I haven’t had the traditional path on the team from a freshman to a senior. Over the past year and a half I’ve been able to be an upperclassman leader in some ways while also learning a lot from all the other members of the team, including the freshmen.”
What does Duke rowing mean to you?
AC: “To me, being on the rowing team means striving to be the best version of yourself, not for your own benefit, but for the success of the team.”
What is one of your favorite memories from being a part of the rowing family?
AC: “My favorite memory was my first spring race with the rest of the novice rowers when we beat North Carolina and Clemson at the Carolina Cup. Winning with a group of women who started the year never having rowed before was an incredible feeling, and I definitely caught the racing bug after that.”
How do you plan to lead your team this year and how will you define success?
AC: “I plan to lead by example and hope that my teammates will see that working hard pays off in the long run. I think our success should be measured by not having any regrets after our last race. If we cross the finish line knowing we did everything we could, then we were successful.”
What role are you embracing this year that you haven’t in past years?
AC: “As a senior this year, I was kind of thrown into a leadership role despite having only been on the team for a year. It was definitely uncomfortable at first, but I have really tried to embrace the role and lead by example.”