Fitness, Friends and Family

Warhawk Fitness and Aquatics is more than just rec sports, intramural sports, spirit programs, working out and club sports. It is about building a family and making memories in each department and program. When participating in Warhawk Fitness and Aquatics in any program, individuals can feel more a part of the program and feel more like a family with their program and individuals in it. Many individuals who just work for Warhawk Fitness and Aquatics have made so many friends, memories, and moments that they will remember with people who mean a lot to them.

            Kate Mislivecek, the Group Fitness Student Manager and Instructor for Yoga, Core, Below the Belt, Cycling, Triple Threat, PiYo, and Anything Goes says in a video interview for group fitness that “coming to group fitness classes or programs is a super fun way to work out and meet new people to build relations and make awesome memories.” Kate has worked for Warhawk Fitness for 9 semesters and has met a ton of individuals who have become lifelong friends of hers and people she has built great connections with. Along with Kate, there are many other students and facility who consider their sport, workout team or coworkers more than individuals or friends, but as family.

            Many programs at UW-Whitewater that are not even a part of Warhawk Fitness consider their close contacts to be more like family. In an article called “Friends Are Like Family”, the author states “Just as literal families, friends who are like family can bring not only happiness but also the family we choose. They are there for us when we need them and not only like us but love us.” It is important to surround yourself with friends who are more like family in any program, living arrangement, organization or work because of the love, support and comfort they bring in both good and bad times.

            I am lucky enough to be a part of many programs and organizations such as Warhawk Fitness that brings me close friends that are more like family. It is important to feel closeness to both friends and family because it can help individuals have a better and healthier well-being and mental state. My best piece of advice is to join jobs, organizations or programs to meet people who love and support you because they see you as family!

Start Strong, Finish Stronger

Emma O’Connor

Coming Home

A lot of students go through the joys of college during the year, and then have the all too real realization that they have to return home for the summer. Whether that be to save money, return to the job you’ve had since high school, or simply because you miss the family, everything has a purpose. But how do you feel when you suddenly get home and those joys are gone. Does anyone else feel the same way you do? A lot of what happens in this world effects your mental health! Mental health is the key to physical, emotional, and spiritual health!

I find that this article by, has the most accurate ancoming homed relatable 21 struggles of moving back in with your parents after college. While the article addresses recent grads it definitely relates to what you may or may not be feeling after your first year or even after that. Remember Warhawk Fitness is more then being physically fit, so we also care about how you’re doing mentally!


I’ll highlight a few that I find most relevant for our Warhawk lifestyle!


  1. Spending all day in bed in your pants watching Netflix no longer constitutes a valid use of time. But seriously! Who hasn’t had that week or two where dropping out of school hasn’t been a constant thought so you decided to “wisely” use your time and watch Netflix. Obviously you haven’t decided to drop out otherwise instead of reading this AWESOME blog, you’d be working at McDonalds. (Which in some cases is totally respectable, and responsible) But for some reasons parents don’t find this to be a valid use of time, maybe they need to go (for some, back) through college and remember how terrible some weeks are.


  1. Rather than house parties and day drinking you end up spending your weekends doing parent-y activities. Ah, the days of Spring Splash, St. Pattys, and that random nice week of day drinking are long past. You suddenly find yourself mowing the lawn or pulling weeds. Remember to actual try and find the enjoyment in these activities, while it may seem harder then initially thought, just enjoy the family aspect!


  1. You’ll probably get obsessed with whatever TV shows your parents like. For me, my guilty pleasure will always be, Grey’s Anatomy. First year back after freshman year, I found myself binge watching Grey’s with my mother after she was done with work. My mother is also a professor, so her and I binge watched the show quite often.


  1. And you’ll actually miss them a lot when you move out. While school was fun and a time you’ll never forget, you will always miss your family. You’ve been through hell and back with them, and even through all your mess ups throughout college, they’ve never been anything but understanding. Take this moment to shoot them a quick text and just thank them for everything they’ve done.


College is everything you make it, but for some of us we have to return home and get back to our roots after a year or two, or for some after graduation. Understand that everyone goes through these times that often, for a lack of better word, suck. We ALL have those times. Making sure we mentally prepare ourselves is crucial. While often times mental health gets overlooked for the physically fit side, Warhawk Fitness values it just as much as wanting to get “shredded, or jacked”

My last words for you before you all return home or start that job is to simply remember all the great times you’ve had during the year, and never take them for granted, things change, but the memories don’t.

“Success is a journey but we treat it like a place and it doesn’t make sense if you don’t you enjoy the ride.”


-Riley Pink