Stories

THIS IS ABOUT YOU AND FOR YOU.

Telling your story is powerful - to us, to others, and to you. Plus, it's widely known that recreation has its benefits and is important to student success and overall well-being, and we'd love to know what that means to you (or how we've helped you achieve that)! 

We want to promote, encourage, and motivate you to keep moving through testimonials and stories about why Recreation & Wellness has impacted them and how it has made a lasting impression. 

Share your story to be featured on social media or entered into monthly drawings for FREE swag!

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Participant Stories

Katie Chmelik

Katie Chmelik

"I have had a passion for fitness since high school. I love the feeling of accomplishment it gives me. As I've grown, fitness and running has become a source of self care and alone time, helps me manage my stress and anxiety, and helps me stay..."

Angie Cena

Angie Cena

"Campus Recreation provided me with a way to stay active throughout college while also having fun. Whether it was attending Zumba after class, or playing Intramural Soccer with my friends at night under the lights on the turf field. My best memories...

Allie Goeddeke

Allie Goeddeke

"As a student, the Group Exercise classes through Campus Recreation at GVSU really allowed me to discover a way of exercising that was fun for me. I have always struggled with the motivation to drag myself to the gym. However, through a variety of..."

Matt Jemilo

Matt Jemilo

"I was born with a heart murmur as a child and told I should avoid exercise and even getting too excited was a danger to my health. Now at 25, I've competed in multiple national track meets, met some of my best friends through athletics, and even..."

Kevin Hoffheins

Kevin Hoffheins

"Coming from a background of multiple competitive sports and constantly keeping busy physically, I struggled to find positive outlets for a number of years. Participating in Rec programs gave me that outlet and brought me back to a place in which...

Landon Dysart

Landon Dysart

"I participate in GVSU Recreation because it's a great way to build community. It has given me a place of escape from typical campus life and stresses, and it has allowed me to better myself as a person...

Kit Toenniges

Kit Toenniges

"One of the biggest transitions from high school to college was that I was no longer involved in sports. I needed to find a new way to stay active, and Campus Recreation was that new way for me. After attending tons of group exercise classes, I fell..."

Ally Kaza

Ally Kaza

"I was a dancer before I started at Grand Valley. After I was done dancing, I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do to stay active. I found group exercise classes because my mom teaches yoga for Campus Recreation. I began to attend more classes and..."

Kayla Malackowski

Kayla Malackowski

"Working for campus recreation allowed me to come out of my shell freshman year and find my place on this campus. I participate in Campus Recreation programs to better myself as a person. Beyond the physical aspect, I feel better mentally and...

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