Employee Spotlight: Becca Schmitter

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Social Media / Blogging Intern

Major: Communication with a minor in Public Relations

 

Favorite part about working at the Rec? 

“I really enjoy the positive, upbeat environment. Everyone is so nice! I also really love that I’m able to combine my knowledge of social media with my love for health/wellness.”

 

 Why did you choose the Rec Center for your internship?

“I’m graduating this December. I needed one more internship for school credit. While on the hunt for my internship, I saw that the Rec was looking for a social media intern. It couldn’t have been a more perfect fit. At my interview, I knew this was the place for me! Like I said before, I love social media and health/wellness, so it just made sense.”

What do you want to do when you graduate? 

“After graduation, I hope to continue working with social media and marketing. Ideally, I’ll end up working at a concert venue, agency, or label. But who knows? I’m also looking at different advertising agencies.”

 

 Favorite Rec activities? 

“Group exercise classes are awesome. They give you a chance to exercise with like-minded people, which I think is really important. I also love listening to a great playlist and walking around the indoor track..”

 

What did you want to be when you were 10 years old? 

“I wanted to work at Teen Vogue. Basically, I wanted to be a brunette Lauren Conrad.”

  

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

“Well summer is over halfway done, which is crazy. I just spent almost two weeks with my boyfriend (He lives in Manitoba), so that was great! I just love summer. Warm weather, time with family and friends, and everyone just seems so much happier!

Employee Spotlight: Andrew Gudenau

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Job Title: Fitness Attendant and Personal Trainer

Major: Health Science

Favorite part about working at the Rec?

“My co-works and the staff.”

Favorite Rec activities?

“Weight room and TRX classes.”

What skills have you learned at the Rec that will help with future endeavors?

“How to market myself as a personal trainer and how to work with different types of people.”

What did you want to be when you were younger?

“President of the United States. I don’t think that’s going to happen now, though.”

What are you looking forward to?

“Going up to Traverse City for the Cherry Festival in August.”

Workout Wednesday: Going for a Walk

Sometimes there just isn’t enough time to drive to the gym and get a full workout in. On those days, I try to fit a walk into my day. Whether it’s after work or on my lunch break – anything to get up from my desk and get moving a bit.

I’ve found that having a good playlist to walk to makes it easier and super therapeutic. Even though you might not burn as many calories going for a walk as you would if you made it to the gym, it’s still something. And something is better than nothing.

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If you want to actually listen to the playlist, click here.

As always, if you have any songs or albums you like to listen to when  you go for a walk, please let me know in the comment section below.

Employee Spotlight: Felicia Morack

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Graphic Design Intern

Major: Graphic Design and Studio Art double major

 

Favorite part about working at the Rec? 

“I really enjoy the artistic freedom we are given while designing for the Rec. It’s rare that I am given the opportunity to utilize my studio art skills as well as my graphic design skills. So far I’ve already had the chance to do some photography as well as illustration along with my digital work.”

 

 Why did you choose the Rec Center for your internship?

Being a senior here at OU, I could not pass up the opportunity to design for something that I already loved and was so invested in. I was really excited about having the chance to impact the Oakland University community with my work.”

What do you want to do when you graduate? 

After graduation I hope to continue on with my graphic design work. I haven’t narrowed it down to a specific field of design yet, but so far I enjoy working with branding and digital illustration the most.

 

 Favorite Rec activities? 

“I LOVE swimming and any water related activities. I also think the group exercise classes are an awesome resource for students who want to get active.”

 

What did you want to be when you were 10 years old? 

“An artist! I come from a family of painters and I have always enjoyed the art making process.”

  

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

“Besides having the opportunity to create personal design work, I am going on a vacation to Boston. I’ve never visited before and I’m a big history buff, so I look forward to visiting some museums.”

Workout Wednesday: Stretching Playlist

This is my third week of posting these playlists.  I love that I can combine my love of music with my blogging for the Rec!

This week, I’m sharing my playlist for stretching and cooling down. This playlist was by far the easiest one for me to put together. I am an absolute sucker for a pretty acoustic song.

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If  you want to actually listen to the playlist, click the link here.

As always, if you have any songs that you love to listen to when you’re trying to cool down after a tough work out – please do share them with me in the comment section below.

Employee Spotlight: Katie Zeile

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Graphic Design Intern

Major: Graphic Design

Favorite part about working at the Rec?

“Getting more graphic design experience!”

Why did you choose the Rec Center for your internship?

“It’s on campus, and I’m getting professional experience.”

What do you want to do when you graduate?

“Hopefully freelance design work or working at a graphic design firm.”

Favorite Rec activities?

“Using the indoor track.”

What did you want to be when you were 10 years old?

“A veterinarian.”

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

“Going to the beach and camping!”

Charlotte’s Disney Adventure

Welcome Center attendant and Recreation Leadership Council President, Charlotte Budd, had the opportunity of a lifetime when she was selected to be a part of the Disney College Program this past winter.

On January 16, Charlotte flew down to Orlando to begin a life-changing four months. As an intern, she worked two attractions and Hollywood studios. She worked “Lights, Motors, Action” Extreme Stunt Show and the Studio Back Lot Tour. She worked 40+ hours a week plus took 8 credits.

Why Disney? Charlotte knew people who had done the program when she was in high school. It happened to work with her schedule for the Winter 2014 semester. She applied and got in. She didn’t second guess it and just went for it.

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Charlotte learned a lot about how Disney operates as a company, about customer services, and different backgrounds. Most importantly, though, she learned a lot about herself.

“I had never lived on my own before. I had never left Rochester. I went to Adams High School and attend OU. As embarrassing as it is, I didn’t even know how to do my laundry before. I had always lived with my parents. It was a huge growing experience.”

Going from Rochester to  Orlando, there were few surprises. Charlotte was most surprised by how many people she met and how close she got to those people.

“We became best friends. I’m actually going to visit two of my friends for the 4th of July. When you’re with someone every day of the week for fourth months, you become attached.”

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As a Welcome Center Attendant, Charlotte learned customer service skills and how to stay positive, which helped prepare her for her time at Disney.

Charlotte plans to graduate in April of 2015. She made a YouTube with photos and clips from her time at Disney. You can watch it here.

Her final thoughts on the experience?

“What made it was the people I was with. You don’t do it for the money or the college credit. You do it for the experience and the people. It was an adventure of a lifetime. It didn’t kill the magic. It just made me love Disney more.”

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