Benjamin Warren | COEHS | SIU

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Benjamin Warren

(HER) Recreation Major

Benjamin Warren

Hometown: Bloomington, IL
Year: Senior
Research Interests:  Use of cemeteries in experiential education.

Q:  How did you end up at SIU Carbondale and in Health Education and Recreation?

A: I was originally trying to choose between Mortuary Science and Recreation so I was looking at both programs at SIU Carbondale. I decided to go with Recreation.  SIU Carbondale has an incredible recreation program and is in the perfect location for outdoor recreation in Illinois

Q: What do you like most about the department of Health Education and Recreation?
A: My favorite part about HER is the diverse opportunities that are offered through the department and the classes. I came in for outdoor recreation but have had the chance to experience community, commercial, and therapeutic recreation.

Q: What do you like most about SIU Carbondale and Carbondale?
A: I love SIU Carbondale’s location. With the Shawnee National Forest in close proximity to campus, all sorts of outdoor recreation activities are easily accessible.
The history. Carbondale has a rich and fascinating history and I’m always hearing new and interesting stories about the city’s past.

Q: What are your career objectives and goals?
A:  Once I graduate from SIU Carbondale, my dream job would be to work as a program coordinator or director at a National Historic Site or a city cemetery.  One passion of mine is Civil War history, so working at a Civil War battlefield or cemetery is something I would love to do.

Q: What do you do in your spare time?
A:  I spend my time visiting cemeteries, volunteering at the General John A. Logan Museum in Murphysboro, and leading two RSOs, Student Recreation Society and Secular Student Alliance.

Q: What are some of your best memories and experiences here at Southern Illinois University Carbondale?
A:  Being active as a volunteer at General John A. Logan Museum and spending time with the Student Recreation Society and Secular Student Alliance.  I have met a lot of wonderful people through those organizations and have had some incredible experiences with them as well.

Q: February is Heart Month.  What are some things you do to keep your heart healthy?  In other words, how do you show your heart some love?
A:  Every week I go to Zumba and spin classes.  I also go hiking and take walks through cemeteries and around Campus Lake.  Giving yourself a little extra time to walk, bike, or skateboard to class rather than drive your car or get a ride is a great way to keep your heart healthy.