Hometown: Harvard, MA
Majors: Political Science and Spanish
Clubs/Activities: Van Dorpe is a member of the orchestra, a psychology research assistant and a member of Gamma Phi Beta.
Q: What was your experience rowing before coming to Union?
A: I rowed for four years in high school before Union.
Q: What makes the women’s crew team special?
A: The crew team is definitely a judgment-free zone. Even though we all have really different personalities, we’re all really supportive of one another and always have fun together.
Q: Do you have any pre-race rituals?
A: I don’t have any rituals, but my dog is definitely my good luck charm. If he’s there we do well and if he’s not then we don’t.
Q: What’s the funniest thing that’s happened this season?
A: During our spring break training trip in Tennessee, our captains decided that as a team bonding activity we were going to have a contest to see who could take the most pictures of one of our teammates on the men’s team. The only rule was that, in order for them to count, the pictures had to be so cute or funny that they elicited either an “aww” or a “haha” response when you looked at them. The boy we were taking pictures of was pretty freaked out for the whole week because he couldn’t figure out what we were taking pictures of, but we eventually told him and he thought it was pretty funny.
Q: If your teammates gave you a superlative, what would it be?
A: They would probably give me most likely to ask the coach stupid questions and then not have any of them answered.
Q: What’s your favorite class you’ve taken at Union?
A: I think it would have to be this class on the Mexican-American border that I took last term. It was film-based class and it was really interesting to see how the border was depicted by different people during different time periods. I really enjoyed that class.