Summer break is about more than having fun in the sun. For a number of Simpson student-athletes, the summer months provide an opportunity to prepare for their career. This year, SimpsonAthletics.com is taking a closer look at how eight student-athletes are making the most of their summer.
Sport: Cross Country and Track & Field
Hometown: Waverly, Iowa
Class this Fall: Junior
Major/Minor: Exercise Science/Biology
Internship: Program Supervisor at Cedar Falls Recreation Center
What are your primary responsibilities?
I designed an eight week track camp for 3-6 graders. I coach at the camp, as well as manage the four other coaches. I am also the supervisor for a program called Before & After Care, which is a child care program held in the morning and afternoons. As a supervisor, I am responsible for creating schedules and time sheets, as well as other duties that come with managing staff.
How does this position help with your career goals?
This job fits in very well with my exercise science major because I have spent the last few years learning about the importance of exercise in children, and now I get to design a program to promote that! I would love to be a Cross Country or Track coach someday, so this is the perfect way to gain experience.
Did Simpson play a role in helping you get these internships? If so, how?
The classes I have taken for my major have prepared me well and taught me how to create an effective track program.
How has your experience as a student-athlete been helpful in this position?
My experience as a student-athlete has helped tremendously because I am able to take what I have learned from my coaches and share that with the athletes that I am now coaching. Being an athlete is helpful because I can put myself in the kids' shoes and understand what they are going through.