For Jada Woodley, service is a way of life. She has worn many hats while working with Campus Recreation, serving in several capacities during her time at the Student Fitness Center. Her passion has remained since she took her first job as a group fitness instructor. Woodley talked about her experiences working for Campus Recreation in the following Q-and-A.
How did you get started with Campus Recreation?
I was a typical freshman, not really knowing where to fit in. I started coming to the rec every day, and I even tried to organize my academic schedule around the fitness classes. It was such a positive environment that I knew I wanted to work here.
Why do you like working for Campus Recreation?
Fitness is my passion. I lost 50 pounds during high school through marching band, and now I keep regular exercise as a part of my everyday life. Working here helps me to spread the message that fitness is for everyone. You don’t need to know everything or be a certain size or fitness level to get started. Just come here and have fun.
What is the biggest challenge you faced while working in Campus Recreation?
At first, I doubted that I was fit enough to be an instructor. But my friends really inspired me to get out of my comfort zone and apply. When I first got up in front of my own class, I was really nervous. The more I did it, the more confident I was. Now I love it.
What have you learned from working in Campus Recreation?
Basically, I’ve learned to make the best out of any situation, to be open-minded about people’s different perspectives, and to always maintain a positive attitude.
What is something you will always remember about working here?
I’d say just getting to know a diverse group of people that I might not have met otherwise. Whether it was someone on my shift or another instructor that helped me on a certain routine, I’ve learned a lot and bonded with the people I work with on a day-to-day basis.
What do you want to do after graduation?
My plan is to join the Peace Corps and ideally do work in Africa, but I’m open to go anywhere I can do the most good. My dream job after the Peace Corps would be working at a nonprofit organization to promote healthy attitudes and wellness, especially to women’s groups. I definitely want to somehow stay involved with fitness.
To find out more about how you can work for Campus Recreation, visit the Student Employment section of the website.