Meet our Fall 2017 Intern: Morgan Smith, ACSM-CPT

Introducing the newest member of the Sweat Life family: Morgan Smith, our Fall 2017 Intern! Read my interview with her below to learn a little bit more about the fresh new face you will be seeing around the Studio for the next 16 weeks :) Enjoy! 

Dan: Hi Morgan. Welcome to the Sweat Life Family! Please take a minute to tell us a little bit about yourself. 

Hello everyone!  My name is Morgan Smith and I am a 4th year Applied Physiology and Kinesiology major at UF.  I say I am from Chicago because I went to middle and high school there, but I am originally from Cincinnati, OH and have moved a total of 7 times.  I am a huge music fan who loves going to live concerts and finding new artists on Spotify.  I love to eat and currently have a bucket list of restaurants in the Gainesville area that I am trying to complete before I graduate (if you have any suggestions, PLEASE let me know!!) 

Dan: What drove you to seek a career in Health & Fitness? 

I have always had a passion for fitness, whether it be sports or just working out at the gym.  I originally wanted to go down the physical therapy track, but after being a patient myself for about 5 years I realized that wasn’t what I wanted to do with my career.  Where I want to go in fitness isn’t exactly pinpointed, but I definitely want to have a foot in physically training individuals and in the business aspect.  Sports have always been a huge part of my life and I am not ready to let it go – so here I am. 

Dan: What are some of your favorite on-the-go meals and/or snacks? 

Before I say what my favorite on-the-go meal is I want to preface by saying: carbs are good for you!  With that being said, I am a huge pasta fanatic (in the right doses of course).  A good pasta or rice based meal paired with a veggie and a protein is my go-to meal.  As for snacks, watermelon, pineapple, and lastly but most importantly, frozen grapes are my favorites. 

Dan: If you could only do one exercise for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

If I could do one exercise forever, it would have to be banded cable squats.  They are a staple in my leg days and I am always waddling after I do them.  Plus, adding the band makes it a little more fun and makes it hurt that much more.  It is a great exercise to throw into a superset or a compound set. 

Dan: What is your favorite book or who is your favorite author? TV show? Movie? 

It is hard to narrow down a single favorite movie, but I love the movie The Fifth Element.  My favorite play is The Lion King – I have seen this on Broadway 4 or 5 times.  My favorite TV show is a tie between The Office and Young Justice.  I do not have a favorite author, but I do love to read and enjoy a variety of genres.  I am currently reading Malcolm X’s biography and I love it. 

Dan: What does your current playlist look like? 

My current playlist has a mix of slower R&B and trap music.   There is a playlist on Spotify called “Are & Be” and that is my newfound favorite.  My top 2 artists include Miguel, who I have seen live once, and Chance the Rapper, who I found on soundcloud as soon as he dropped his first mixtape and have seen him twice in concert. 

Dan: What are your plans after graduation? 

The goal is to start my master’s program in Human Performance at UF in the Spring, graduate in Spring 2019, and then get to work!  I really want to train and work with people, but I also want to be a part of the business side of fitness.  Previously, I wanted to work for Nike and help design their different styles of shoes.  Now, I want to be more around the people I am serving and have a more direct impact on people’s lives. 

Dan:What is your favorite quote or motto to live by? 

Two mottos that I live by are “be patient, trust the process” and “you have to fail to eventually succeed in your TRUE passions”.  I had to go through failure and having doors shut in my face to realize what I am truly passionate about and how I want to spend my time.  When certain things don’t work out, my instinct feeling is to feel sad/disappointed because it did not go exactly how I wanted it to.  But, I remind myself that just because I want something to happen or plan for it to happen, doesn’t mean it is what I need.  Whatever is supposed to happen and whatever I need to do will show itself at the right time and probably when I am not expecting it. 

Dan: Thanks so much for letting us learn a little bit more about you. We are excited to have you on our team and look forward to helping you grow and develop in your knowledge and experience over the next 16 weeks. 

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