Success Stories


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. 

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Success Stories

Andrew Gilgallon

"I was a captain on the D3 Hockey team from 2007-2011 (my 4 years at GVSU). After that, I stayed through 2012 as an Assistant Coach. Our team was special, I can tell you that. From youth hockey through Junior hockey and College, I�ve never been part..."

Dexter Earney

I REC because it changes lives. A few years ago, I never would've believed that I would someday be an instructor for group exercise, but with the Rec I lost a ton of weight, learned to live a healthier and more positive lifestyle, found that exercise...

Ayana Fair

"I participate in Recreation & Wellness because I love playing volleyball; it is a great stress reliever. Having a place where I can just have fun and play a good game of volleyball makes life better..."

Alan Carter

"I participate with Recreation & Wellness as a means to find likeminded people who are striving to improve themselves. The programs provide amazing resources, but a byproduct was the networking and connection-making with those that attended as well..."

Lindsay Bogi

"Being a part of the GVSU Recreation community has helped me to incorporate exercise into my daily routine and live a healthier lifestyle. I love attending the group exercise classes that the Rec Center offers! The classes help keep me accountable and..."

Sonal Subhash Mandale

"I think the new thing I am trying to make a part of my routine is being mindful of everything. Whether its the food I eat or sleep time/quality etc. that has helped me to subconsciously be aware of my health-behaviors. A 20-minute walk daily and..."

Shelbi Imo

"As a staff member, Campus Recreation guided me towards my career path. When I was hired the beginning of fall semester my freshman year, I came in undecided and had no idea I would now be here as an exercise science student going into my last year of...

Allison Stears

"I came to college looking for a way to continue being physically active (I've been a dancer for 17 years). I instantly found Group Exercise as my home and a way to get stronger (physically and mentally). I learned that being "fit" means...

Eric Strickler

Jump into the opportunities that come your way for adventure! There are SOOOO many opportunities at GVSU...more than you'll likely ever have available to you with so much convenience. Don't waste your time watching Netflix and Snapchatting... go on a back

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