With more than 60 percent of Luther's student body participating in intramural sports, Rachel enjoys that her work-study position gives her the opportunity to meet new people on a daily basis. As an official, she helps students have fun, be active, and take a break from the daily stressors that sometimes accompany college life.
My primary duties consist of organizing the monthly work schedule for the officials, officiating and providing scorekeeping at a variety of intramural sports and activities, and assisting and communicating with the coordinator of recreational services about concerns or potential improvements.
I started as the student captain of an intramural basketball team participating in a January Term basketball tournament. When the recreational services coordinator contacted the team captains expressing a need for officials, I said I was interested in the opportunity and was hired as an official. After demonstrating competent officiating skills and building a reputation as a reliable, responsible employee for two years, I was promoted to the position of recreational services student supervisor.
I’ve grown a lot in my role as the recreational services student supervisor and as an official. I have learned that I can remain firm in my convictions but take responsibility for my mistakes, in addition to learning the importance of finding a balance between work, school, and extracurricular activities.
In addition to learning the rules for a variety of intramural sports, this job has also taught me a fair amount about conflict resolution. Sometimes players have disagreements with the officials or with one another, but I have learned how to handle those situations in a calm, professional, and fair manner.
Fair! They should also be reliable, organized, self-confident, assertive, responsible, and have good communication skills.