Something New


New can be scary. It can be terrifying. But stepping into what’s new is often where you grow.

When I was asked to take on the editor position for Campus Rec Magazine, at first I was terrified. It’s a wonderful publication, one that’s been thriving for the two years it’s been around. I knew I would have big shoes to fill. I knew there would be a lot of work, as it meant I would be managing two publications instead of one.

But despite my fears and my misgivings, I also knew I couldn’t say no. I had seen too much in the industry of campus recreation – it’s a thriving area of passionate people who are using their gifts to impact the world. I have met too many professionals who love what they do. They care deeply for their staff and students. They care deeply about the future of fitness in the world of university and college recreation. Why wouldn’t someone want to be part of this? Why wouldn’t I want to serve an industry of passionate leaders, educating and empowering them in hopes they can take steps to further change the world?

So I suppose that brings me to a challenge for you: What scares you? What new step or possible future is in front of you, terrifying the living daylights out of you and your staff? What aren’t you sure of? What is a risk waiting to be taken?

Now, like all good thinkers and leaders, don’t go plunging in unprepared. I didn’t accept the responsibility of leading Campus Rec Magazine without a lot of questions, thinking out systemization and rallying support from my coworkers. I wanted to go in as prepared as possible. But ultimately, there’s only so much preparation you can do, and eventually you just need to dive.

Ask what can you do to prepare for the unknown or the step you’re thinking of taking. What research needs to happen? What questions need to be asked?

Once that’s figured out, then do it. Do the research. Ask the questions. And finally, take the step.

New can be scary – in fact, it probably always will be. But it can be exciting as well. With preparation, research, questions and mapping out the road ahead, you can be better prepared for facing the new. So, I’m excited for the journey ahead leading Campus Rec Magazine, of serving you the campus rec professional. I don’t know exactly where we’re headed, but I can tell you the general direction is up. I’ve asked the questions, done the research, made the plan. All I can do now is execute. Here’s to the future and the journey that will take us there.

Heather Hartmann
Heather Hartmann is the editor for Campus Rec Magazine. She can be reached at

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