Pursuing a Healthy Lifestyle
Senior soccer player Bianca Sierra fell inlove with Auburn's new Recreation and Wellness Center the moment she saw it.
It blew my mind away really.
I wasn't expecting something like this.
It is just really pretty" Sierra is one of the many Auburn studentswho have taken advantage of the brand new, one-of-a-kind recreational facility duringits first month of operation.
The center has a list of amenities nearly as long as the1/3 of a mile indoor track: from workout stations that are spread throughout the building toalleviate overcrowding.
To a challenging five-story rock climbing wall.
To an outdoorpool for swimming and relaxing.
Basketball, soccer and more.
"We have something for everyone and I thinkwe will become a destination for our students.
And I think this weekend we saw that.
Andthe fact that we're not very crowded on the weekends but we were very crowded this pastweekend.
So I think our students realize now that they have a reason to stay on campus.
" The August opening of the Recreation and WellnessCenter culminated a four year process begun in 2009 by then SGA President Lauren Hayes.
Under her leadership, students voted themselves an increase in activity fees so future Auburnstudents would have a first-class facility.
"I think it had been talked about, honestlyfor decades.
Everyone knew we needed a new center but when I came into my presidencyit really was just the right time to take it to the next level.
BUTT I know this isgoing to make a huge impact on high school students as they're coming to visit Auburnor people who visit for football games.
It's just going to be another part of the Auburnexperience.
It's going to be very memorable.
" "I think it will definitely help with recruitingand stuff.
Even with the soccer players cause we are always active all the time and havingan extra place to work out and not just the soccer field and weight room, something newwill be awesome.
" "It has been amazing.
I just cannot even tellyou how excited the students have been.
It's just been incredible.
I had no idea it wouldbe this good.