Meet Rosalia Parrino
Campus Recreation alumni take their experiences across the world and into a variety of fields. We talked with Rosalia Parrino who applied to work in Fitness Facilities Operations on a whim—an opportunity that eventually shaped her career in exercise physiology. Today, Rosalia is working as a graduate assistant at the University of Miami as she pursues her doctorate in Exercise Physiology.
Program Area: Fitness Facilities Operations
Education: Florida State University | Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, Class of 2018
University of South Florida | Graduate Degree in Exercise Science, Class of 2020
University of Miami | Doctoral Degree in Exercise Physiology, In Progress
Job: Graduate Assistant
Current City: Miami, FL
What is a day in the life at your current position?
As a doctoral student at the University of Miami, a ‘day in the life’ is a busy one! I am a graduate assistant in a ‘Neuromuscular Research & Active Aging’ laboratory and am a teaching assistant for an undergraduate exercise physiology lab. In COVID times, the lab looks a bit different than usual. No in-person studies, few students, and no visible smiles — but typically a day would be spent balancing classes and participants within the lab as well as working on papers for publication, prepping teaching materials, and well… studying.
How did you get your start in Campus Recreation?
On a whim — after seeing a flyer at the front desk during my first semester as a freshman. I didn’t think I stood a chance against upperclassmen with more work experience than I had but it was the best risk I took in my time at FSU.
How did your time at Campus Rec contribute to your life and/or career goals?
FSU Campus Rec shaped my undergraduate experience — reinforcing transferable skills, offering mentorship, and creating a community (family) of support. It ignited my passion for wellness and led me to my graduate position at USF Recreation & Wellness. These experiences paved the way to my current position at UM and have significantly impacted my future in health & wellness. I was impacted by Campus Rec so much more than I ever thought was possible and it is difficult to find the words to express that.
What is your favorite memory from your time at Campus Rec?
Too many to count! From holiday parties to end-of-year celebrations and THE FFO beach retreat — thinking of these times brings back so many great memories.
What advice would you give yourself in college?
Is there a word count limit on this? Everything will fall into place just as it should… Try not to think so far ahead — focus on living in the present… don’t study SO much.. and definitely don’t worry about your career path at 20.
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