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Samantha Glaser

Major: Kinesiology and Health

Minor/option/emphasis: Exercise Science

Company/Organization: LifeStart Wellness
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Destination: Chicago, IL
Timeframe: Summer

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I was responsible for...
During my internship at LifeStart, I learned how to run a corporate wellness gym and program. I was able to learn all about the operations side of running a fitness center and different programs, which was something I found extremely helpful, because that's something I never learned about before. I was challenged everyday to step outside of my comfort zone through a series of different tasks that I had to complete each week. Majority of the time I shadowed group fitness classes and personal/group training sessions, which was something I really enjoyed because I was able to see different progressions and improvement in the programs and client's abilities over time. I was able to participate in the companies programs, which was an awesome way to interact with clients and get more involved with the fitness center. When needed, I would also help out with housekeeping.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment was honestly being able to step outside of my comfort zone. I'm not usually a shy person, but when it comes to teaching others, I notice I start to doubt myself because I don't want to be wrong. Through my time at LifeStart, I learned that majority of the time I knew the right answer to something, but I wouldn't say what I was thinking because I didn't want to get something wrong. Because of this, I also was also able to come to terms with the fact that it is okay to be wrong because if you're getting something wrong, it's just an opening for another learning opportunity.

I learned...
Some of the greatest lessons I learned through my internship was realizing that it's okay to ask for help. I've always been someone to shy away from asking for help because I don't want to feel like a bother and would rather do things on my own, but I found myself constantly asking questions every week that helped me succeed in my internship. It's better to ask for help rather than assuming you know how to do something because you can then ensure you're doing it correctly or learning how to do it correctly. Another lesson I learned is that it is SO important to create relationships with members and it is SO important to be able to work with people. That sounds extremely simple and obvious, but that's something people do struggle with daily at their jobs. You are engaging with most of these members on a daily basis and talking with them about their lives and seeing how their day is going makes a huge impact on their experience at the gym!

Advice for others...
I would definitely recommend taking advantage of as many learning opportunities/internships as possible. You will have to take an internship to graduate no matter what, but if you have free time over summer break or during the school year, I definitely would suggest immersing yourself in different opportunities. The reason I'm suggesting this is because by going through different internships or jobs, you can wean out the things you don't like and focus on the things you do like, which will help you choose a career later on. The more experience, the better.

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