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Raven Wilson

Major: Psychology
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Class: Sophomore
Program Position: Fuego Instructor and Fitness Staff Substitute | WREC

How did you first get connected with the Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC)?
As a freshmen I would go to the gym and take advantage of the dance classes they had there. Since I have been a dancer most of my life I figured it would be one of the only things I wouldn’t be shy to try out on my own. After going a few times, one of the other instructors, Elyssa, approached me about an opening they were having for fuego instructors and asked me to apply. So I did! Turns out they were so excited to have me, and I am still excited to be a staff member at the Wildcat Recreation Center.

How would you describe your role as a Group Exercise Instructor at the WREC?
All group Exercise Instructors are here to keep our participants healthy and fit. I feel with Fuego we have to also be energetic and very accepting. All kinds of people come into my class, and I just try to be as approachable and upbeat as possible, and hope that my attitude allows people to get loose and really enjoy the workout.

What does working for the WREC do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
I personally love working for the WREC. Since dancing is really a passion and a hobby of mine, it is the perfect job. This job allows me to learn ways of staying fit, improving my communication skills, and gives me the opportunity to put smiles on the faces of lots of wonderful people.

What do YOU bring to the table in your role at the WREC? 
As a Group Exercise coordinator I bring further diversity, intensity and high energy to the program. I have had some dance training experience, therefore I can be high energy and motivational from beginning to end; in class and at events.

What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
I am on track to be a Psychology major. My long term goal after grad school is to be a Family and Marriage Therapist. I really want to help people understand themselves and find a happy place in reality. My job with Associated Students is very interactive. I get chances to talk to people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. This teaches me how to approach people and be sensitive yet still involved in bringing that extra little pleasure to a person’s day.

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