Team Mizzou Profile: Ethan Weeks

tmz_profile_weeksEthan Weeks • zouLIFE Specialist and RecSports Lead

Ethan is a senior Nutritional Science Pre-Med student from Adrian, Missouri. He’s been a member of Team Mizzou since Spring 2013. If you can’t find Ethan on the courts or in zouLIFE, you might find him at the park with his dog. Meet Ethan!

How did you decide on your major?

Growing up, science was always my favorite subject. I’m a nerd. I love how chemistry works and how adding or subtracting a bond here or there can change the whole composition of something. I love how simple but how complex everything is. 

How did you get started on Team Mizzou?

Freshman year, I was looking for a job, and I lived at Defoe-Graham. I lived like 10 feet away. I could throw a rock and hit the door. I thought, “I’m gonna go over there and check it out.” They were looking for officiants, and I officiated in high school. It was great! Then Emily McElwain was looking for people to work at zouLIFE over last winter break.  I didn’t know if she would want to hire a guy, but she did. It’s good, zouLIFE’s good. 

When you’re not working at the Rec or in class, what are you doing?

Sleeping. But really, I’m with my dog at the park. We like to hang out a lot. I play RecSports. I’m on three teams, me and some friends. We’re at the Rec, even if we’re not working.

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What kind of dog do you have?

A little miniature schnauzer, Duke. He’s like 15 pounds and he’s got the name Duke like he’s a giant dog. People will say, “Oh, do you have a lab or something?” No, it’s just a little dog. I got lucky. He’s a good dog.

 

What’s the difference between working in zouLIFE and RecSports?

In zouLIFE, you have to have a friendly approach to things. In RecSports, you’ve gotta be man in charge. You have to be an authoritative figure, which is the opposite of zouLIFE. 

unknown-2What’s your favorite Team Mizzou memory?

I would say my favorite Rec experience was last year’s Spring Roar because everyone I started with here, that was their last time. It was a good moment. We were all there together–all looking dapper. It was bittersweet, but it was a good Roar. 

What advice do you have for someone interested in joining Team Mizzou?

Apply. Get to know someone here, so you can see what the job is like before you get into. Want to do it because it’s a great job. We all get along. The Pro Staff is great. It’s a big ole family. We’re best friends. It’s not like you’re just coworkers and you leave and you don’t talk to them. You still hang out away from work.

This is a great place to build a lot of skills. We have so much support behind us with the Pro Staff. You have so many opportunities working here that build your character, build your work ethic. That’s gonna help you for a lifetime.