Why Do You RecWell?


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 Recreation & Wellness has impacted them and how it has made a lasting impression. 

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


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

  • Share 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

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. 

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...

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....

Alexis Smith

"After working with Campus Recreation, I've realized that there really is a program for everyone's skill level, interest and fitness goal. I participate in the programs because it holds me accountable when I plan out my weekly schedule to attend..."

Courtney Schaber

"Walking onto campus freshman year I was overwhelmed with all of the clubs and organizations I could join. I tried so many new things, and UFit was one of my favorite experiences! It changed my whole life; I started making healthier decisions, working...

Sydney Trepeck

"My biggest success through REC was finding a class I LOVE- Groove! I have gone now for 3 sessions, and this is one of the BEST things I have done! It's all fun and it's different every time! I'm not the most athletic person, but I do love to dance..."

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

"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...

Hannah Stoliker

"Being active allows me to say yes to new adventures. When family and friends ask me to go backpacking, hike a new trail, or bike a new route, I don't want my health to be the thing that keeps me from saying yes. Valuing fitness and wellness gives me...

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