Meet Savannah Redd
Campus Recreation alumni take their experiences across the world and into a variety of fields. We talked with Savannah Redd who got her start as a Rez lifeguard through her involvement with the FSU Bass fishing team. Today, Savannah works at Recreation & Wellness at The University of South Florida as the Aquatics Coordinator.
Program Area: Aquatics
Education: Florida State University | Political Science and Creative Writing, Class of 2018
Indiana University | Recreation Administration, Class of 2018
Job: Aquatics Coordinator, Recreation & Wellness at University of South Florida
Current City: Tampa, FL
I usually wake up pretty early, checking my student’s shift reports, spend some time drinking my coffee and hanging out with my sweet dog. I try to get my work outs in the morning too! And then it’s a quick shower and head into the office. On a typical day, it’s a lot of meetings and collaborative brainstorming. When I’m by myself, it’s taking care of the day to day stuff that needs to be done, as well as searching for new programs and ways to improve aquatics here!
How did you get your start in Campus Recreation?
I started as a lifeguard at the Leach and Rez during the spring of 2016. But before that, I was involved with the FSU Bass Fishing team, which often practiced at the Rez.
How did your time at Campus Rec contribute to your life and/or career goals?
I loved my FSU Campus Rec experience, and it contributed a lot to where I am today, I mean, I went into the field. Before FSU Campus Rec, I was pre-law, and extremely stressed out with the potential of going into a field I might not have been 100% committed to. FSU Campus Rec really pushed me to have more leadership potential, as well as problem solving skills, and more accountability for myself. I truly found my passion while working at FSU, and I ended up at Indiana University for my master’s and graduate assistantship, where I was open up to even more opportunities. Now I work at USF Recreation & Wellness with a a team and a job I love so much! I’ve also made some of my best friends through FSU Campus Recreation, who I still see and talk to often.
What is your favorite memory from your time at Campus Rec?
My favorite memory, which you’ll probably hear from every aquatics person, would be working at the Rez, it’s such a beautiful place, and you really get to know your coworkers while on shift. And if it’s not that, it would probably have to be all the Jim N Milt runs with my friends after shifts, or the time we threw a super bowl watch party in my tiny apartment, and somehow squeezed everyone in inside!
What advice would you give yourself in college?
Really take advantage of living so close to your best friends, and soak in every minute. Don’t sweat the small stuff, because it goes so fast, and you’re really going to miss it when you’re gone.
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