By Shiane Jacocks |Staff Writer|
I have found that I can sit at ease, knowing that I can improve my body physically and mentally at the Student Recreation and Fitness Center (SRFC) because it is conveniently located on campus and included in my tuition.
CSUSB insures that at the SRFC, any regularly enrolled student is automatically a member and any other of type membership is at a reasonable cost of $140 annually.
The SRFC provides students with programs like the overall fitness center, aquatics area, rock climbing wall, Group X classes, and the equipment area.
The SRFC often throws events with free prizes, food, and education about health. Many students have the good intention to visit the SRFC, but their academic course load makes it difficult to find the time.
“I promised myself I would go because if I don’t it’s a waste of an opportunity to get physically fit, but I have this new yoga class that fits in for all of that,” said student Kim Cruz.
Cruz also said she felt that she does not take advantage of the SRFC, but that it becomes an obligation, and she uses this to motivate her. Students who schedule kinesiology classes can turn to the SRFC for another option when the class gets canceled or use it for extra credit.
The CSUSB website states, under the article Policies and Procedures, which the SRFC gives the fee of the $41.14 per quarter from the students and an additional $14 to the Student Union that goes toward the SRFC.
Student fees enable the SRFC to operate effectively and fully serve the students.
The budgeted costs to fully operate the program in 2005-06 was $1,541,200, and the cost for student fees was $1,301,894.
The SRFC is highly beneficial to students because it is easily accessible on campus.
The Rec Center allows students a physical outlet to escape the stress of classes during the week.
“I take full advantage of the Rec Center and go everyday with my roommates. I’ve built muscle and my stress has decreased,” said student Jazmine Mendoza.
Many students who are on campus everyday do not see it as a hassle to go, as it is in an accommodating area of the campus.
Students should make an effort to visit the SRFC because it is a great way to get to know others, become healthier both mentally and physically, and focus better in class.
There are students who have yet to use the SRFC “It’s part of my tuition, I might as well use it and it saves me money for paying for a gym membership,” said student Marco Polo Cortez.
A gym membership cost can go up to $25-60 per month. Students could be spending that money on food and textbooks instead.
I focus better when I can unwind in the pool at the Student Recreation and Fitness Center. Students should not waste their hard earned money, but instead invest it in their health.