Meet Noah Rogers
Campus Recreation alumni take their experiences across the world and into a variety of fields. We talked with Noah Rogers, who got his start as a lifeguard for the Aquatics program area and went on to become Aquatics Student Director of swim lessons at FSU Campus Recreation. Today, Noah is a Graduate Administrator of Aquatics for Virginia Commonwealth University Recreational Sports.
Program Area: Aquatics
Education: Florida State University | Bachelor’s Degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Class of 2019
Virginia Commonwealth University | Graduate Degree in Statistics, Class of 2022
Job: Graduate Administrator of Aquatics
Current City: Richmond, VA
What is a day in the life at your current position?
I oversee all daily operations and programming in the department of Aquatics as well as overseeing all student employees that are Lifeguards, Head Lifeguards, Lifeguard Instructors, CPR Instructors, and Water Safety Instructors. Also, being a full-time employee of VCU Recreational Sports has me involved in the Division of Student Affairs here at VCU and I pride myself in being involved in the community of VCU through involving myself with volunteer opportunities that benefit VCU students, faculty and staff as well as the surrounding community of Richmond.
How did you get your start in Campus Recreation?
Actually, it took me two attempts to join the Aquatics team and family at FSU. After my time being involved in FSU Marching Chiefs and FSU Greek life, I wanted to find a group of like-minded professionals. With my lifeguarding background, I thought what better way to find a new group of peers than to look into FSU Campus Recreation Aquatics. Then, I attended and participated in Lifeguard tryouts in Spring 2016 but I did not earn a job offer to join the Aquatics team at the time. After a year of patience, hard work, and training at my other lifeguard job at a water park in Naples, FL, it was finally Spring 2017 where I attended Lifeguard tryouts at Florida State University and made it to join the Aquatics family.
How did your time at Campus Rec contribute to your life and/or career goals?
Honestly, the Aquatics Department had plenty of promotional and professional development opportunities that I took advantage of right away. After being on staff for 3 months, I took a Lifeguard Instructor course led by Lizzie herself and honestly, I had heavily under-anticipated how much I would appreciate that course and how it would impact the rest of my student career. I was then leading CPR courses and Lifeguard courses with my supervisors that Fall and I immediately fell in love with being an instructor for Campus Rec. There, I truly discovered and enhanced my leadership styles in educating, I acquired more confidence in myself and became even more personable with my fellow student peers and members of the Tallahassee community that came to take advantage of what FSU Campus Recreation has to offer. Then, I took yet another course taught by Lizzie and became a Water Safety Instructor and then began teaching swim lessons professionally to parents, children, and adults of the FSU community. Soon after, some positions of Aquatics Student Directors had opened and I applied and became the Aquatics Student Director of Swim Lessons. There, I helped train our swim lesson instructors, coordinate instructors with their participants, schedule swim lesson programming, and eventually developed the FSU Campus Recreation Private and Semi-private Swim Lesson Program with Lizzie. Soon after, I achieved an additional promotion and also became the Aquatics Student Director of Health and Safety. I was then trusted by my peers and supervisor to oversee, train, evaluate, assist, and be a leader for all instructors on staff. These opportunities had certainly helped me immensely get to where I wanted to be today and I am proud to say that I am an alumnus of FSU Campus Recreation as I am the Graduate Administrator of Aquatics here at Virginia Commonwealth University.
What is your favorite memory from your time at Campus Rec?
I have so many favorite memories of being involved at FSU Campus Rec, ranging from it being the first day of summer youth swim lessons or having fun with the campers and counselors of Camp Flastacowo over at the Rez. But, my most cherished and sentimental memory probably has to be attending my final lifeguard in-service at the Rez in Summer 2019. I was transitioning out of my Student Director positions to let my two replacements take over, so instead of operating and overseeing the in-service at the Rez I instead decided to be a lifeguard and be trained through it. I was so proud of seeing how hard all my fellow lifeguards were working and training hard that day and I could not be more proud of who I used to call my fellow Aquatic Student Directors. They all had done a tremendous job in operating the lifeguard training and it was perhaps the most successful training we have had in my 2.5 years of being with FSU Campus Rec. It was such a feel-great moment for me to know that this is the family that I am leaving behind as I proceed to the next chapter of my life. The staff as a whole has improved so much in just 2.5 years alone and I still to this day miss working and being with everyone.
What advice would you give yourself in college?
Always take it one day at a time when handling stress. Trust in yourself and trust in all your abilities. Confidence comes with time and experience. It is perfectly okay to fail sometimes as long as you look at it as an opportunity to grow and learn.
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