Tennis Lessons

Gifts to the Dartmouth College Fund help make great things happen for our students. Here is one of their stories.

TAYLOR NG ’17, an economics and anthropology major from Haddonfield, New Jersey, is a James O. Freedman Presidential Scholar and standout tennis player. Named to the All-Ivy First Team in both singles and doubles during the past two seasons, Taylor was the Ivy League Player of the Year as a sophomore, and she competed in the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship with her doubles partner Kristina Mathis.

DCF: How has Dartmouth changed you?

Dartmouth attracted me in part because it provides an environment for diverse students and opinions. I’m much more cognizant now of inequities across our society. I’m able to identify issues today that I couldn’t in my first year. 

DCF: Has Dartmouth tennis changed you, too?

Playing at Dartmouth has made me understand that this is a team sport. You don’t get that in junior tennis, where the focus is on the individual. You come here, and it’s a team. I love that. On a given day, you can lose your match but your team can win, and that’s what matters.

DCF: Is the team a support network?

We’re definitely supportive of one another, on and off the court. We challenge each other in practices, so we’re prepared for matches. But we also have high expectations for each other in the classroom. We set GPA targets for ourselves at the beginning of each term.

DCF: Is competing for Dartmouth special for you?

It’s a privilege to wear the Dartmouth uniform and to represent the College. 

DCF: How do you deal with a loss? 

Losing a match is always hard, but you learn from your losses—they help you improve for the next match. Losing isn’t failure. Failure comes in not learning from your mistakes, and as a team, we always take the time to reflect on how we can improve.

DCF: You created a group called the Canaan Club. What is it?

With the help of an alumnus, I worked with a couple of other student-athletes to develop an outreach program to promote health and wellness in the Upper Valley. We started a pilot program and recruited student-athletes to volunteer in a PE class each week for second-graders in Canaan, NH. 

DCF: Alumni can make a big difference.

Non-alumni, too. I was in New York this past winter, walking to my hotel with a Dartmouth duffel bag over my shoulder. Somebody yelled, “Go Big Green!” I stopped and we struck up a conversation. I discovered that he’s not an alumnus, but he’s in the financial services industry and is heavily involved in recruiting—and he loves recruiting Dartmouth students. He was kind enough to put a flag on my résumé, and I was fortunate enough to get an internship offer with his firm. 

DCF: What’s in your future?
 
I’ve considered playing tennis after school, and I have an interest in finance. My ultimate goal—many years in the future—is to start my own bakery business. Baking is one of my passions.