Sport Clubs Intern

By Bailey McCaffrey

Maria Camargo took the Rec’ing Ram by the horns when she started an internship at CSU Campus Recreation eight short weeks ago. In this time, she has positively influenced both student and professional staff in the Sport Clubs program. Her humility, adaptability, and dedication will only be spread further through the facility during her influential time here

Maria is finishing her graduate degree in Sports Management at Western Illinois University, and in the fall of 2017, was in need of an internship as her final graduation requirement. Colorado was at the top of the list for places she wanted to live, so she reached out to Cindy Tse, the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs at CSU. Cindy wanted an extra hand and Maria seemed like the perfect fit for the program. With her previous experience at Western Illinois University and James Madison University, plus her excitement for all things recreation, the position was created for her.

“Working at Colorado State Recreation has been a incredible learning experience,” stated Maria. She enjoys the Sport Clubs department because of the opportunity to work with dedicated athletes and student staff. The program is extremely competitive, which makes her efforts worth it to see teams succeed. The staff is also passionate, which makes for an overwhelmingly positive work environment.

Maria has also been largely impacted by the inclusivity that CSU Campus Recreation encompasses. Stepping into a large department can be intimidating, but as Maria explained, the welcoming atmosphere of the program made it easy to step into. She says she still has a lot to learn from the people she works along side, and is appreciative to be in a department that is passionate about inclusion and community involvement.

Maria will receive her degree in Sports Management this May, from the University of Northern Illinois. Campus Recreation is excited to have her for the remainder of the semester and to see the progress she makes during her time here. Cindy Tse, Maria’s supervisor, says, “Maria has taken on leadership roles in mentoring student staff and Sport Club officers while actively service on three department and two campus-wide committees. Maria brings a vibrant energy, new ideas, and a strong aptitude for learning that complements our student and professional staff culture well.”

Thanks for all you do at Campus Recreation, Maira!




Article by Bailey McCaffrey

Cam the Ram is always out doing new things and living life to the fullest. Campus Recreation was curious about what he does while everyone is gone during time off from school, so we decided to get down to the bottom of it. We had the pleasure of hearing from Cam directly about his plans for this break.

What do you have planned for this break?

Cam: This break is jam packed with fun activities, but I will also be taking some, “Cam time,” to relax and give myself a break. On Friday, I am leaving by bus, (rams are not allowed on planes), to travel to Big Sky Montana. I have plans to go skiing for just two days with some of my best friends. I am chasing the pow there, trying to get some fresh turns. It should be a good time. I am most excited to catch up with old companions.

On Monday I head to Wyoming to visit my Great Aunt Martha. It has been too long since I checked on her and the farm. She says all is well, and I cannot wait to eat a piece of her world famous seed and grass pie! My cousins will also be coming into town, the gang will all be back together and things could get rowdy.

The remainder of the break I will be hanging around Fort Collins. Long hikes around horsetooth, reading a good book, and chilling in a coffee shop, (Starry Night is my favorite), sounds exactly what I need right now. I got a bicycle for Christmas from my grandmother, and I cannot wait to take it for a spin up the Poudre! I will be hanging around Campus Recreation too. Nothing like a long swim and a good sit in the hot tub to bring in the nice weather. I am getting into climbing too, so will probably spend some time sending it at the rock wall. I’m hoping to meet some new faces along the way. If any of these sound like a good time to you or if you have any other good ideas, hmu!

Is this a normal break for you?

Cam: Honestly, I love spending time in the sunshine and I am a big fan of the beach. In the past have spent time in the sand and riding some waves. But this break is exactly what I need. I like to switch it up from time to time. From backpacking in South America to European travels, there is alway something new for me to take part in.

What are you looking forward to most?

Cam: My travels are fun, but nothing beats the feeling of seeing all my Rams come home from break and settled back in on campus. I love the energy they bring to Fort Collins, and it just doesn’t feel like home without them!