Experiential Paths

Campus Recreation at UNC Asheville has a few numbers to share. Each year they employ 130 students through six programs, ranging from intramural sports, sports clubs and group fitness to outdoor programs and aquatics.  They have 70,000 participants each year. And they boast a 47 percent participation rate, one of the highest rates in the nation. This spring 2017, they will graduate about 40 student employees. Three of those graduating seniors shared their experiences at the February 2017 UNC Asheville Board of Trustees meeting.

Tara Carr, a senior psychology major, recalled one of her most memorable yoga classes – Yoga for Athletes – where she instructed the entire baseball team in the practice of yoga. She’s spent her summer on campus too, working up to three different positions with campus recreation at a time and fully immersing herself in the experience. She’s discovered a way to connect with students outside of her major and discovered an internship opportunity with the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation that she’s currently applying for.

Alex Crowell, a trip leader and Outdoor Leadership Training Program supervisor, transferred to UNC Asheville and reached out to Outdoor Programs her first week on campus. That connection led to an on-campus job in spring 2015, as well as two fall semesters leading the wilderness experience during pre-rendezblue, UNC Asheville’s pre-orientation experience.

“Campus Recreation has opened doors to every opportunity that I’ve had,” said Crowell. “It’s being a part of something that is better than just meeting people.”

For her next path, Crowell will move to Rwanda for two years to teach English through the Peace Corps.

Jake Onan has his next steps planned out as well and will spend the upcoming summer as head of adventure programs at Camp Pinnacle, where he’s worked for the past two summers, having been first hired as a trip leader based on skills gained through Campus Recreation. The health and wellness major, who plans on going to graduate school, has been the trips coordinator intern on campus, earning wilderness first-responder training and implementing a risk management plan for his summer employer.

Students looking to gain those skills have the opportunity to apply for positions with Campus Recreation in both spring and fall semesters, and with so many graduates this spring, Campus Recreation will be hiring.

Learn more at https://recreation.unca.edu/