Fathama Ahmed is a junior wellness management major with a minor in athletic coaching.
In the beginning of her spring sophomore year semester, Ahmed started Oswego's running club. Ahmed went straight to The Point to discuss a possible running club at Oswego.
“I wanted to start a non-competitive running team. I knew a lot of people who wanted to run so we formed a chill group of people to meet up and run,” says Ahmed.
Ahmed started off with just a few members who actually made the commitment to daily runs on and off campus. With the start of Ahmed’s junior semester the club had 25 committed members. Runs go from 3-5 miles and to cycling classes at the gyms around campus. Ahmed enjoys runs on her own, to as far as the local Wal-Mart and Rice Creek Field.
Starting up your own club on campus can be difficult. Ahmed jumped right into filling out various amounts of paper work to get a running club up and started.
“Students who are involved with the club feel great after runs. I personally feel students are more likely to be more productive with their schoolwork and time,” says Ahmed.
Ahmed feels the club not only benefits students academically but socially, too.
“Kids are less likely to become involved with drugs and alcohol when they are involved with more activities on campus,” says Ahmed.
Ahmed plans on studying abroad next semester in England. Ahmed will be taking classes at The University of Chester.
Along with planning to study abroad, Ahmed is pursuing the same job she had this past summer as a peer leader. She was a mentor to freshman students and enjoyed planning fun events for them. Becoming involved on campus and networking is crucial to this Oswego student.
For now, she is busy promoting, fundraising and gaining new members for her club as president.
“I plan on starting my own running club over in England!” says Ahmed.