From the Fields: Richard’s Story

Any job is what you make of it. Richard, a Civil Engineering major from Fort Worth who has been with RecSports Intramural Sports staff for the last seven semesters, firmly believes that his time at RecSports didn’t just provide a fun after school job but offered an experience that equipped him with lifelong skills. Along the way he found lifelong friends as well.

A Balancing Act

Richard’s first job was officiating with the Youth Volleyball program — a program in which RecSports officials and staff ref local youth volleyball leagues. For Richard, this was “very different from working with students on campus” — it was a more competitive, more intense — but also fun — environment than recreational intramural sports. As Richard put it, “It wasn’t just college kids having fun, it was students in middle school competing seriously,” and the young athletes’ drive and determination in their sport inspired him to become more involved in officiating competitive sports.

Instilling Confidence from the Beginning

“ Life is full of judgement calls, and it’s really good to practice that in sports where you have to make a call then and there, and stick to that call, and it’s really helped me be better at doing that in my whole life.”

“It’s a different feeling than any other job I’ve had.”

“…it’s a job where you’re out there doing something that feels meaningful. The very first level of this job is you spend an hour out there running a court or a field or a game and it’s very empowering.”

When it came time to begin interviewing for internships, Richard could point to real world skills — managing courts and fields, training peers and other students, and communicating with the various teams — from his time on the fields as an official. “There’s constantly things I’m doing where it’s almost like I’m an “adult” doing “adult” work — consistently making schedules, emailing, corresponding.”

More Than a Paycheck

Though Richard’s time on the Forty Acres and with RecSports is coming to an end, this may not be the last time you’ll see Richard on the fields and courts. Beyond his engineering industry career goals, he notes his work at RecSports has inspired him to think more about one day coaching high school sports.

About Richard
Richard Reynolds is a senior, civil engineering major in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Richard is from Fort Worth, TX and currently serves as an Official and Program Assistant at RecSports. In addition to his on-campus involvement, Richard has worked as a Civil Engineering Intern at Peloton Land Solutions and served as a Program Lead in the National Youth Leadership Training. After graduation, Richard plans to pursue civil engineering through land development.

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