Emily Abrams knows that collegiate recreation is “a great environment for growth, whether you’re a student or a full-time staff member.”
"Opportunities will come to those who make connections within the field and when those opportunities come your way you want to be prepared with the knowledge and work ethic to be successful," says Jordin Williams.
Like many in the profession, Mike was once unaware of all that campus recreation had to offer. Today, he is a tireless advocate for the good that rec can do for students.
David Davenport—currently the Director of University Recreation and Chief Diversity Officer at Austin Peay State University—has a history of seizing opportunities. The NIRSA Foundation has a history of creating them.
“NIRSA has become like a second family to me,” says Kyle Urban, Competitive Sports Coordinator at UCLA. “NIRSA is kind of a melting pot of a lot of things that are right in the world.”
RJ Canning worked as a camp counselor during his summers off from high school, and it was actually one of his supervisors there who set him off on a path in collegiate recreation.
By Nazifa Islam
When Yvette Kell began working in collegiate recreation her freshman year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she’d already worked for the local park district in her home town, so the Intramural Physical Education (IMPE) building seemed like a logical place for her to look for an on-campus job. It was […]
By Nazifa Islam
Jeff Ryder began working in collegiate recreation his freshman year at Rutgers University where his very first job as an undergraduate student was as an intramural floor hockey official. “I love hockey,” he says, “so I thought I would give it a try.” Fortunately, he ended up really enjoying his first season […]
John Washo has been working in recreation centers since he was just 12 years old. He started out as a scorekeeper for men’s league games and an official for third grade soccer and basketball games at his community recreation facility. His work in recreation continued throughout high school—he worked just about every position at the […]
“I cannot imagine working in any other setting than on a college campus,” says Mary Kate Sullivan, Assistant Director of Intramural Sports at the University of Maryland and 2006 NIRSA Foundation scholarship recipient. “I thrive in the cyclical nature of the academic setting—every year you get the chance to do things better, to learn from […]