November 22, 2016

Brian Boesch says working at CSU is more than a job

Every day at 3:30 a.m., Brian Boesch walks through the doors of the Cleveland State University Recreation Center to begin his day. He starts by preparing all of the gym equipment and turning on all of the machines.

“I want to make sure everything is ready to be used for the day,” said Boesch, 57. “Once all of the equipment is ready, I check the chemicals and disinfectants and then I head up to check my email to make sure nothing special is happening.”

Boesch’s next step is to let the rest of the staff in the building. He says he tries to make it easier on them by getting them excited for the day.

“It is amazing to me that these students are dedicated enough to get to work at 4:50 a.m.,” he said. “I try to make it as fun and interesting as I can for them so they feel some excitement when they get to work.”

After he lets the staff in, Boesch begins doing small projects like cleaning the carpets or fixing the equipment. He said his goal is to have all of the equipment up and running by the time the first patron walks in the door.

“When the equipment is ready, I open the doors and prepare to greet the patrons as they come in,” Boesch said. “I try to learn everyone’s names so they know they are welcome.”

Boesch then walks a lap around the entire recreation center to listen to the equipment and to make sure it is functioning properly and ready to be used for the rest of the day.

This has been his routine for the past seven years, and he said he wouldn’t have it any other way. He said he believes that working with young, college-aged people keeps him feeling younger.

“I use to work in a hospital and I worked with people that were older and closer to my age,” Boesch said. “They were always complaining and in pain and that made me feel much older than I was.”

His favorite part of working with younger people is the amount of energy, he said. He said some people are amazed at the pace that he works -- but he gives all the credit to the people that he works with. He looks forward to teaching students things about working at the recreation center, but also teaching them about being good employees in general.

“I love to teach people,” he said. “It can be challenging when it is a freshman student that has never had a job before, but watching them grow and mature is a very humbling thing for me. Then, after four years, they are off to the real world and every semester it is like saying goodbye.”

Boesch said he keeps in touch with some of the students that he trained to this day.

“I like to hear about where they want to go in life,” he said. “And then to watch them grow and mature is the best part of my job.


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