Farewell, For Now!

Hi all!

As we wrap up the quarter once again, I want to congratulate everyone on getting one step closer to graduating and entering the workforce with a career in fitness! I’m sure you know by now, but time flies at AFNA, whether it’s your first or last quarter!

The time has come, once again, where I am hanging up my cap and moving away from an instructing position. I have taught the FNT courses with AFNA for almost 3 years, and each year has gotten better than the last — even through the pandemic. When I first began instructing, I was as lost as a needle in a haystack. However, I was excited to try something new, and teaching offered me a second avenue to share my knowledge and passion for health and fitness. With each quarter, I found myself more and more comfortable standing in the spotlight. After a few years, and backed by the gratitude of many students, I decided to consider teaching as a full-time career.

Earlier this year, my wife was offered a job which required us to relocate to San Francisco. Ironically, this was where we met, as we each studied at the universities up there. As that transition happened, I saw the opportunity to apply to my alma mater, San Francisco State, as a graduate student. In normal circumstances, I would not apply to grad school because I am not a great test taker, so the GRE was a conflicting issue. However, due to the pandemic, many schools were waiving their GRE requisites and this presented an opportunity to apply.

I couldn’t be more excited to start school again. My first class starts next week, and I am overjoyed to walk the campus as a student. I want to thank each and every one of you for allowing me the opportunity to teach and lead your education towards a career in fitness. As many of you have heard at graduation, it brings me great joy when I get to call my students my fellow colleagues. I guess this time the tables have turned a bit – ha!

I’d like to give a special shout out to Shannon, Katie, and Luca for being so supportive and inspirational to help guide me towards this choice. Grad school is the first step in my career path. My end goal is to become a professor at a university or something similar so I can continue teaching and educating students who are as passionate about Kinesiology as I am.

Alas, thank you all for sharing this step in your life with me. I will always hold a special place in my heart for all the students that have walked through the hallways (and Zoom rooms) of AFNA. Without you, I would never have found this passion. Fitness is a big part of my life, and I am grateful to have been able to share it with so many people.

So this will be farewell, for now, as I hang up the teaching cap, and pass the torch onto our new instructors, Miriam and Debbie!

You will always be able to reach me via email, and I plan to continue leading the ACSM tutoring classes.

Cheers

Mathias!