When he was a freshman, Ethan Beaudoin combined his love of music and sports to DJ the entertainment at a Regis flag football game, and a business was born. Beaudoin quickly mastered the fundamentals and technology, and built extensive play lists. During the past four years, “DJ E” has played at Regis Athletics games, music festivals and weddings. He often provides the pumping beats when the Colorado Rumble, a professional indoor soccer team, plays in Denver.

While Beaudoin graduates in May with a communications and media studies degree, he’ll continue to provide entertainment at sports and other social events.

“My motivation for DJing is creating memories through music,” Beaudoin said. “I love the reaction of the people when I play a song – a throwback song – and they dance their hearts out.”

He was born with a severe case of mitochondrial myopathy, a genetic disorder that causes a wide range of muscular issues and makes him vulnerable to serious illnesses, but Beaudoin will bob his head and move his body to the beats he drops during events.

Catch Beaudoin in between classes, and the disability advocate will provide a realistic but positive take on his life.

“Even though I have experienced more illnesses than a person would like to encounter, I still had – and still do have – the yearning and drive to continue my education,” he said. “All people experience challenges and hardships at some point in their life. They may feel discouraged and hopeless, and feel that they don’t know what to do. My situation has been unique, unfortunate and motivating.”

Beaudoin has helped raise awareness about needed accessibility improvements at the University, which have been incorporated into major renovation plans. He’s excited to see where the projects lead and proud of the role he’s had in improving accessibility to public areas across campus.

He advises fellow students to pursue their passions. Beaudoin knows that while goals and objectives may change, it’s important to start somewhere. He credits his parents with instilling in him the desire to make connections and to build a professional network. He’s not afraid to hear “no” as he pursues his goals.

Beaudoin’s biggest piece of advice, however? Stay positive.

“I think of myself as an optimist, and a positive, honest person,” he said. “Over time, I’ve realized, ‘What’s the upside of being negative all the time?’ It only makes things worse for you and others around you. So, surround yourself with people who make you happy, and be happy, laugh out loud, let your emotions and enthusiasms run wild – and smile. We’re lucky to be alive.”