Hi! My name is Katie Sun and I am a senior majoring in Materials Science Engineering at Rutgers University. When I first arrived at Rutgers, I was unfit and unmotivated to exercise. However, Rutgers offers its students a broad range of free fitness classes at various recreation centers across campuses. This includes yoga, Zumba, Pilates, Barree, Spinning, Grit, and RUFIT Strength, and much more -- all of which got me super involved in making a commitment to exercise during the week. Over the years, I have also become an avid runner, rock climber, hiker, and yoga student as I developed a great interest in the outdoors.
Aside from the fitness activities, I also love challenging myself to new things! Rutgers students and staff have access to other very reasonably priced classes, trips, and outdoor experiences which are immensely fun. Of this, I personally became involved with underwater basket weaving, tree climbing in the Livingston preserve, sunset kayaking on the Raritan River, and the Tower Jump off a 10 meter platform in the Werblin Recreation Center. I also frequent the rock climbing wall at the College Ave gym several times during the week.
For the more outdoorsy pursuits, Livingston campus also has a Livingston Nature Preserve which has numerous hiking trails and trees to climb! Besides this, Johnson Park near Busch Campus has the perfect spots for running, fishing, and a petting zoo! The Cook Farms also offer petting of farm animals and purchases of Rutgers cultivated vegetables, meat, and animal products as part of a quick visit to the Rutgers Gardens.
Additionally, Rutgers offers plentiful chances for students to get outdoors with its Rutgers Outdoors Club. I have recently become part of this club and I would highly recommend it to anyone that wants to be more involved. As of late, I have participated in RU Muddy (pictured below), a 5K Mud Run through the Livingston Preserve full of obstacles through the trails. I did this with a group of amazing people that I am so thankful to have met through my college engineering experiences through classes, friends, and my role as a Resident Assistant.
This run was a lot of fun even though we were freezing when we took this photo because it was windy and we were drenched in mud in below 50 degrees temperature. Sadly, I didn’t get to finish the race that day as I sprained my ankle at one of the obstacles, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself regardless. My friends even threw mud at my face to make sure I didn’t feel left out! It was an amazing experience and one I can happily say was only available to me through myriad opportunities offered by Rutgers!