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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Alexa Asher

"I was fortunate enough to be a part of the GVSU Dance Team with Club Sports during my time at Grand Valley, and I enjoyed the team and family I gained from that experience. I also truly enjoyed being active, so I participate in Campus Rec programs..."

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..."


"I have never been an athletic person. I danced almost my whole life but was never good at sports. Taking group exercise classes makes me feel good and gives me a way to simply exercise without the sports aspect and judgement of others! I participate...

Malia Childress

"Going to the gym has become a lifestyle for me. Surrounding myself with positive people that push me to work hard is my key to success. I participate in Campus Rec programs and services because I enjoy working out and feeling like I've accomplished...

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...

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Page last modified January 31, 2018