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Who We Are
An insightful initiative, Who We Are, provides an inside look into the personal lives of the MIT Recreational Sports staff. Each month, a member of the team will provide an insightful passage about their personal goals, accomplishments, and even setbacks. Make sure to check back frequently for updates!
Josh Gates, Member Services Manager
Sports, Sports, and More Sports!
Ever since I was a young child growing up in Boston, I have been the definition of a sports fanatic. My earliest memories of watching sports date back to me sitting at the foot of my parent’s bed as we watched the struggling Celtics of the mid 90s. Right before every game I found my usual spot in my parent’s room, and watched hoping my Celtics could pull out a win, not knowing back then that my desire for them to win actually had no impact on the game. Looking back on my youthful ignorance, it was the start of my obsession with basketball and world of sport in general.
Growing up I was always taught when it was time to find a career you love and you will never work a day in your life. So naturally I thought my job has to be in the field of sport. As a result, at Temple University I earned my degree in Sport and Recreation Management. There I was educated in every aspect of the sport industry, even the “boring” business side of the industry. Naturally when I combined that education with my fierce obsession with sports, I thought I knew everything about sport and recreation, working at the Z Center proved me wrong.
It is coming up on a year that I have been working at the Z Center, and I must say that I am extremely fortunate to be a part of the MIT community and interact with patrons that have come from all across the world on a daily basis. I honestly believe that this is one of the only jobs and communities where that is true. This past year has been a growing experience, as I have been exposed to a diverse community of patrons that come to the Z Center to participate in a wide array of sports and workouts.
Though I have yet to find that dream career, I have been lucky enough to have a job that is in the field that I am so passionate about. I am able to speak to patrons about their unique workouts, sport of choice, and favorite teams; it has truly been a humbling experience that has taught me that I am not as well versed in the world of sports as I had previously thought. I have seen our patrons participate in a variety of games and sports that I have never heard of before working at MIT, it has opened my eyes to a whole new world of sport and recreation. These are learning experiences I will build on and will contribute to my career when I never have to work another day in my life.
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|Lauren Hanley||Doug Delmage||Shelby Krider
|Esther Wallace||Alison Blaisdell
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