Aztec Recreation would like to congratulate Aztec Aquaplex lifeguard Savannah Santos on being selected as the June Employee of the Month. Savannah graduated from SDSU last month with her Bachelors in Kinesiology.
Savannah applied to the Aquaplex in her sophomore year having some previous lifeguarding experience. Two years later, she is now recognized as a leader among her peers and Aquaplex patrons. Aquaplex Manager, Jake Siegfried, notes that Savannah is “committed to customer service, always greeting patrons with a friendly smile, and working to provide a high quality experience every day”.
While there is no “average” day at the Aquaplex, Savannah notes that there is always something to do in a busy aquatics program. Depending on the season, her typical day includes ensuring patron safety in the water and setting-up lanes for one of the many sports teams that use the facility. Through her work for Associated Students, Savannah has honed skills that are transferable to her future career including time management, professionalism and teamwork.
In and out of the water, Savannah is an amazing asset to the Aquaplex staff. According to Siegfried, “Savannah is a very proactive lifeguard, always looking for what items need attention and what she can do to improve the facility on a daily basis. She often seeks additional information and regularly looks for ways to get involved to have a positive impact.” This attitude reflects Savannah’s own life motto, “Let’s Do It” and as such is always willing to get the job done.
Many of Savannah’s favorite memories at SDSU are from time spent alongside her colleagues. Through working at the Aquaplex, Savannah has made some of her closest friends, roommates and study partners. “We all have similar values and that makes it great to be with one another whether we are in the workplace, studying together, going out for food or just hanging out. They make me a better me,” says Santos. Her favorite memory was during a closing shift last summer when everyone on staff joined in singing and dancing, dubbing themselves an “Aquapella” group.
Congratulations, Savannah, and thank you for your positive attitude and contribution to Associated Students and helping make the Aquaplex such a fun and safe environment.