Kayla Reynolds, Carbonear, NL
I completed a Bachelor of Recreation specializing in Therapeutic Recreation and graduated in April.
My experience with the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation.....
My experience at the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation has been very rewarding. It is a small faculty; the professors and most of the students know you by name. The Recreation Program is a very hands-on experience. Throughout my degree I have visited other agencies, talked to other professionals and participated in many challenging but rewarding activities.
My work terms.....
I completed two work terms. The first was at Active Women in St. John’s as a Healthy Living Consultant. While there I became certified as a Fitness Instructor Specialist (FIS). My duties were to instruct aerobic classes, give client guidance, goal setting, client tours as well as a variety of other duties and tasks.
My second work term was at CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) in St. John’s as a Specialist Assistant. While working at CNIB I received a certificate in Uncontracted Braille, which allowed me to teach clients to read Uncontracted Braille. Some of my other duties included assisting therapists in using the Children’s Snoezelen Room and teaching independent living and orientation and mobility (O&M) skills to clients who recently lost their vision. In addition, I made home and hospital visits to clients. Both of my work terms have established an imprint on my future career in many ways. Working at Active Women gave me the confidence to be a leader and to work with a team. When I complete my degree I will be continuing in a clinical and caregiving setting. CNIB has given me the opportunity to participate in a variety of situations where I had to either assist a specialist or work independently with clients and establish a plan to help the client cope with his or her vision loss.
My experience with the co-op programme, office and staff.....
The co-op staff were extremely helpful. They try to assist each student as much as possible to find the perfect placement that suits the student’s future goals; they will contact an employer who a student wishes to work with if the employer is not already listed and they are always there if a student ever needs to ask a question. Completing a co-op programme is extremely beneficial in many ways. The co-op positions give students a look into the Physical Education, Kinesiology, Recreation and Therapeutics Recreation fields, and let students know what is available to them when they complete their degree. It also gives students the opportunity to make future contacts. In addition, a position that a student enjoyed immensely may also be an option for them to continue after graduation. I believe the Co-op piece for Recreation is essential for students; without it students will be entering the working world with minimal working experience in their field.