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

Joseph-Banashee Cadreau Spotlight

Joseph-Banashee Cadreau

I participate in Campus Recreation for one simple reason. In my opinion, no other department besides admissions has the ability to influence any students' experience on campus at GVSU then the recreation department. Campus Recreation has the potential...

Joe Vugteveen Spotlight

Joe Vugteveen

"The main reason that I REC is for the health benefits. I just feel better throughout the day. It also gives me a chance to experience new things. I've never been able to swim very well but through the Adult Learn to Swim class I feel comfortable...

Ben Blackburn Spotlight

Ben Blackburn

To me, staying active means getting your body moving, getting your heart rate up and getting yourself out of your comfort zone. Doing something that you love or even that you wouldn't normally do. Pushing your body in ways that you wouldn't if you were...

Beck Lukins Spotlight

Beck Lukins

"I actively pursue my wellness in a lot of ways. I try to keep a journal, where I write about my dreams, things that are bothering me, and things I'm excited about or currently enjoying in my life. I also try to keep up with my hobbies, balancing them..."

Claire Piesiak Spotlight

Claire Piesiak

"I've always had a passion for fitness and nutrition. After deciding I wanted to attend GVSU during my junior year of high school, I knew I made the perfect choice before I even got there. When the first semester finally came around, I couldn't be any...

Meg Duffey Spotlight

Meg Duffey

"I REC because of all the opportunities Campus Rec provides. Last year was my first year at Grand Valley as a transfer sophomore. I started off by doing a few of the group ex classes and ended up loving them. I met close friends, and it was something...

Malia Brooks Spotlight

Malia Brooks

"Campus Recreation has allowed me to stay involved with activities I love - from soccer, to swimming, to gathering people together to play sports. My employment with Campus Recreation helped me discover my passion for inspiring others to live healthy...

Rachel Salliotte Spotlight

Rachel Salliotte

"From being scared to enter the gym to wanting to go there everyday, I would say that becoming involved in Recreation & Wellness was one of my best ideas. I started out going to Group Exercise classes because I never knew how to properly work out or..."

Hien Nguyen Spotlight

Hien Nguyen

"You cannot pour water from an empty cup. I unplug to check in with myself, and leave spaces for my creativity process."

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