At the age of 15, I decided after being a swimmer my whole life that I should take a course over spring break on lifeguarding. After I took the course, I was offered a position as a lifeguard at Collins Hill Aquatic Center where I took the course. This was my first job ever that I got before I even had a car or a driver’s license. At the time, my mom would have to drive me back and forth to work. I worked at Collins Hill Aquatic Center from June 2010 until November 2010. My strong swimming skills and love for the water helped lifeguarding to come easy to me.
At the age of 16, I was then eligible to work at Lifetime Fitness and therefore I left Collins Hill Aquatic Center to work at Lifetime Fitness. I worked at the Sugarloaf location throughout high school and then transferred to the Mountain Brooke location when I went to school at Kennesaw State University. I started as a lifeguard and then was promoted to Aquatics Supervisor. I worked at Lifetime Fitness from May 2010 to August 2014. I left Lifetime Fitness when I decided to transfer to Auburn University because there is no Lifetime Fitness location near Auburn. However, Lifetime Fitness’s mission and vision became a part of my life (which I can still recite to this day from memory) and I was saddened to have to leave a company with passions held so close to my own.
When I first got to Auburn, I was not sure where I should work. I decided after being a lifeguard my whole working career that maybe I should try a different job. A new restaurant called Mugshots was opening at the time I arrived at Auburn and they were looking for workers. I was told I did not need any previous serving experience and Mugshots trained me from the beginning to become a server. I am thankful I experienced a different type of job and learned a new industry and skills. Being a server strengthened my people skills and communication skills tremendously. I put my whole heart into Mugshots and the company throughout my time there. I worked at Mugshots from August 2014 to March 2015.
In May 2015, I decided I wanted to return to working in the fitness and aquatics industry. I started as a lifeguard at the Auburn University Recreation and Wellness Center at this time. I have been with Auburn Campus Recreation for 2 years now and plan to work there until I graduate from Auburn University. Since being hired I have been promoted to Aquatics Supervisor and became Lifeguard Instructor Certified on top of my Lifeguard and AED/CPR Certifications. In addition, I had the opportunity to present at the NIRSA conference with two of my coworkers representing Auburn University Campus Recreation.