CUBC Women’s President, Jenna ArmstrongCUBC with permission for Varsity

Name: Jenna Armstrong

Age: 30

College: Jesus

Subject: Physiology

Hometown: Florham Park, NJ, USA

How did you get into rowing?

A girl in my freshman orientation group at university astutely observed my unusually long legs. She invited me to the university boat club start of season BBQ. Turns out, free food is never actually free — one 5km test later and a tummy full of food, I was hooked. The rest is history.

What is your favourite memory from rowing with the Cambridge University Boat Club?

Crossing the finish line in the 2023 Boat Race. It still gives me chills.

How do you motivate your team?

I am lucky that I am surrounded by the most impressive group of self-motivated athletes — they do most of the heavy lifting themselves! I will let out an occasional “YEAH” on the water or during a hard erg, but that is probably more for me than it is for them!

What is your pre-race ritual?

I need a last-minute wee right before we boat. Always.

What is the secret to your team’s continuous success in the annual Boat Race?

If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A medical doctor.

What do you want to be now?

Someone with a completed PhD.

As an international student, what surprised you most about studying in the UK?

The work-life balance actually has a balance.

If you had to go to another College, which would it be and why?

Newnham #iykyk

Biggest irrational fear?

Missing the 5:57 train in the morning.

What’s your ideal night out in Cambridge?


Mountain View

Captain’s Corner: Handball

Jack’s Gelato on my way home for my 8pm bedtime.

What do you miss about home when at uni?

American convenience — a car, air conditioning, high fructose corn syrup, and my mom’s cooking.

College formal with three people (dead or alive) - who are you choosing?

Sarah Winckless, Grace Prendergast, Gevvie Stone.

And finally, Varsity or The T*b?

I don’t pick favourites ;)