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Sparks Journal is written by a professional staff of philabusterers, philosophers, and potentially – a rowing coach or three.

Rowing Camps

Being a Coxswain in Holland: A Story from Dave Payne

Working for Sparks the past five years, I’ve held a lot of different roles: from starting as a counselor at our domestic camps to being Program Manager for trips abroad. Truth be told, the most difficult role I’ve ever had was that of a coxswain in Holland. We took our rowers out in large wooden […]

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Pedagogy

THE HUMANITIES OF WORK: Towards a New Experiential Learning

Colleges, universities, and other organizations are currently investing plenty of dollars in spaces to deploy experiential learning—but mostly of the hands-on variety, and with the intention of polishing students’ career-readiness AFTER college. Absent from this effort seems to be enhancing student performance in the college classroom. What can we deduce from this? It’s more of […]

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Featured

Sculpting Your College List

One of our junior Sparks clients recently came back from a week filled with three unofficial visits and was having a hard time figuring out how to proceed with all of the new information he’d learned. First of all, this is exactly the desired result of these visits! Expecting each school to be either 100% perfect […]

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Nelson, NZ Rowing
Rowing Camps

Discover Sparks Consulting’s New Zealand Adventure Camp

Sparks Consulting’s New Zealand Adventure Camp is a three-week program that offers an introduction to the possibilities presented by cross-cultural training in a beautiful location. The program takes place over the New Zealand school holidays, allowing athletes the opportunity to train on water with Kiwi juniors in small boats. The goals of this program are to […]

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Rowing Camps

Sparks Winter Rowing Camps Provide Unique Experiences

At Sparks Consulting, we develop the rowing community with unparalleled collegiate guidance counseling, rowing camps, and coxswain education. Our Olympians and former collegiate coaches have one goal: to inspire.  This December, we are offering two Winter Rowing Camps that provide unique, exclusive experiences for rowers that simply can’t be found anywhere else. Our Winter Coxswains Only Camp is a […]

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What Constitutes a Good Update?

When trying to stay on the radar of busy college coaches, a lot of recruits worry about how to reach out. It’s pretty easy to respond to an email from a coach and answer questions they’ve asked, but sending unsolicited information can be much more difficult. The most important element is to keep it positive. Put […]

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