Meghan O. | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa

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Meghan is currently in her fourth year with Rec Services, and has been doing an outstanding job as Head Lifeguard. We appreciate your work, Meghan!

Position: Head Lifeguard

Year/Major: Senior/Speech and Hearing Science

Hometown: Peoria, IL

How long have you worked for?: This is my fourth year working at Rec Services.

Favorite part of working for RecServ: Having the opportunity to attend and be a part of so many awesome events! For example, working the BIG 10 and NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships last spring was an amazing experience! 

What have you learned from working at RecServ?: Working at RecServ has taught me a lot different things, but I think the greatest lessons have been how to communicate with peers and supervisors, how to stay calm in stressful situations, and how to balance my schedule. 

Something interesting about yourself: I sneeze in multiples of 3.

What do you in your spare time?: Study and work on graduate school applications lately, but I love to volunteer, hangout with friends, cheer on the Hawkeyes, and watch Netflix when I can! 

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working as a head lifeguard?: I think I wish that everyone knew how much experience one could gain and learn from being a head lifeguard. I say this because I think more people would want to apply to be a head lifeguard if they did! We get the chance to be the liaison between the lifeguards and the professional aquatics staff, which is super fun because we get to know and interact with so many people! 

Why did you decide to become a lifeguard?: I decided to become a lifeguard because I love helping others and being around the pool. I had been swimming competitively since the age of 7, so being a lifeguard seemed like a good fit for a first job when I was 15. 

Any plans/thoughts on what you’ll do after you graduate?: Go to graduate school to obtain a master's degree in speech-language pathology. Then, I hope to be a speech-language pathologist who works with children with hearing loss.

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be?: Ice cream! 

What her supervisor has to say about her: Meghan has worked for Recreational Services since her freshman year at Iowa-she has been around the block with our programs and events and has really had a great impact on them! Meghan is one of the most thoughtful people I know, she always puts her best foot forward, always wants to help out, and always does it with a smile on her face. She is graduating in December and will be moving on to bigger and better things, I think I can speak for all of our aquatics staff and say that we will miss her! Thanks, Meghan! - Allison Hursh


*Meghan was nominated for Faces of RecServ in Fall 2015