Give a Rouse: Meet Adam Rice, Dartmouth Class of 2012


Adam Rice ’12 thrives on soccer, a sport that had a bearing on his choice of colleges.


Adam Rice ’12, a government major and former Big Green men’s varsity soccer player, has signed on with Teach For America. He will be teaching kindergarten at a public charter elementary school in Newark, N.J., this fall. (photo by Eli Burak ’00)

“Dartmouth offered me the ideal combination of elite Division I college soccer and stellar academics,” says the Manalapan, N.J., men’s varsity soccer player. “But the more complex answer is that I chose Dartmouth because when I visited campus as a high school senior, I felt at home,” Rice continues. “I loved the camaraderie and sense of family within the men’s soccer program, and the student body radiated a palpable exuberance for this place and the people they share it with. I wanted to experience that connection myself.”

“Soccer has taught me that learning and improving is a gradual and often maddening process; it has forced me to stumble and fail, and to persevere,” he adds.

But it wasn’t just the soccer. After graduation, the government major looks toward giving back to the people of his home state. His immediate plans are to serve as a Teach For America corps member in Newark, N.J. “I will be teaching kindergarten at THRIVE Academy, a public charter elementary school that is part of the national network of KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) public charter schools,” says Rice.

Of his time at Dartmouth, Rice says, “It has been filled with intellectual challenges and opportunities to engage with amazing professors who possess vast knowledge, nuanced perspectives, and a desire to forge authentic relationships with undergraduate students.”

“Thanks to frequent reminders from some wise mentors, I have learned the importance of slowing down—or even stopping altogether—to reflect upon the past, embrace the present, and move with confidence and purpose into the future.”

Rice adds, “Graduation marks the culmination of four years of shared learning, but I will carry that learning, along with my Dartmouth friendships, with me for many decades to come.”

See Rice discuss men’s soccer’s exhibition match against Haiti’s national team in the video below:

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