It's widely known that recreation has its benefits and is important to overall student success, and we'd love to know what that means to you. We want to promote, encourage, and motivate you to keep moving through participant testimonials and stories about why Campus Recreation has impacted them and how it has made a lasting impression. 

  • Why do you participate in Campus Recreation programs & services?
  • How and why do you get involved and stay active? 
  • What motivates you to live healthy? 
  • How has Campus Recreation helped you achieve your goals? 
  • Have you grown through participation in Campus Recreation? 
  • Why are you an advocate for Campus Recreation? 
  • What is your success story?


There are a few ways to let us know how you participate, why you participate, or what Campus Recreation means to you:

  • Submit your response online by clicking on the green button below
  • Share on social media using the hashtag #whyiGVrec

Weekly social media features and monthly drawings for FREE swag for those who complete the survey or share their story with us!

Success Stories

Nicole Gustin

"Nursing is not an easy profession, staying engaged in recreational activities not only helps me maintain a healthy lifestyle, but also is a great stress reliever. As a student nurse, it is important to engage in physical activity and promote a...

Tess Swastek

"For the past 5 years, I have made the most amazing friends, found my career path, learned I loved things I never thought I would, had the best jobs, realized how impactful wellness is, learned how to support my physical and mental health, and have had...

Karmen Johnson

"Working with Campus Recreation has allowed me to meet many new people and gain experience in networking. I also enjoy participating in group exercise classes to help me to maintain accountability and stay motivated. Campus Rec has allowed me to grow...

Julia Rauch

"I worked out throughout high school, but once I came to college I was suddenly terrified to go to the Rec Center. Once I finally went, I stumbled across the group exercise classes and became hooked....

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...

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...

Ronda Huster

"I participate in the Campus Recreation program and services to keep in shape and to train for my up coming races. Being a staff member here at GVSU, I am able to use all the programs and services that Campus Recreation has to offer, which makes GVSU...

Marie Schneider

Never settle nor underestimate yourself!! Your job that you have now may seem insignificant, but there are lessons to be learned around you every day.  Pay attention to the people you interact with, both the customers and your teammates. 

Andy Beachnau

"I have completed seven 25K races at the Fifth River Bank Run in my lifetime! I was also an Intramural Sports Official as an undergraduate, and this experience changed my personal and professional life. I participate in Campus Rec programs and..."

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Page last modified January 31, 2018