Alumni '18-'19E-Board

Senior Farewell: Collin Zhou

His back hurts from carrying his teammates, he’s Collin “churcH” Zhou! At the forefront of our CS:GO community, Collin has been an invaluable leader in not only being President but also managing several of our competitive CS:GO teams. He was the exemplar of a TO, as our CS:GO events often ran with fewer hiccups compared to our other tourneys… 

Alongside his club, Collin made great strides in Rutgers Esports as a member of HR ever since the birth of the committee. The fruits of his efforts and the countless hours he’s poured in can be witnessed upon viewing how expansive and cohesive our organization has become since our infant days. Even while he took a leave from our board to focus on his studies, Collin spent as many hours as any other board member when it came to our events like It’s Just a Game or The Scarlet Classic V and such dedication speaks volumes that no one can deny he was a vital member of Rutgers Esports.

If you ever saw him at Friday club meetings, you would first question “Why aren’t they playing CS:GO in CS:GO club?” Well, probably because of internet lag. HOWEVER, this didn’t stop Collin as he could often be seen hosting a wide variety of games like FIFA or Guitar Hero in his clubroom and donning a welcoming face as he invited any passerby to participate.

With a B.A. in Human Resource Management and a double minor in Labor Studies and Economics, Collin aims to enter the esports industry once he completes his internship in Cincinatti and possibly attending grad school. Thank you for gifting us with your wonderful presence and passions Collin, we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!

I think the thing that separates CS:GO from other games is that in my opinion, it is more individually rewarding to play and get better at, since you do not have to worry about things like hero imbalances, constant changes to certain heroes (nerfs and buffs), and the simplicity of the core objectives.

Collin Zhou
Competitive Coordinator

Through Rutgers Esports as well, I was able to connect to many other individuals at other university esports programs. I’ll never forget the positive people that I met along the way and I hope to both keep in touch and meet more people like them in the future.

Collin Zhou
Human Resources Member

 When did you get involved with us?

I first got involved with Rutgers Esports at Scarlet Classic III, in Spring 2017. I was the observer for the Scarlet Classic III CS:GO portion for stream. I was recommended to join the board by David Chao but I was not able to become an officer until Fall 2017, where I joined with the intention to become CS:GO club president and to join the brand new Human Resources committee.

What degree are you graduating with?

I am graduating with a joint SAS/SMLR B.A in Human Resource Management. I minored in both Labor Studies and Economics.

What did you do in your time with us?

In my time at Rutger Esports, I was:

  1. CS:GO Club President (Jan 2018-May 2019)
  2. CS:GO Competitive Team Manager (Jan 2018-May 2019)
  3. CS:GO Division 2 Player (2017-2018)
  4. CS:GO Division 1 Player (2018-2019)
  5. Rutgers Esports HR Manager (Jan 2018-Jan 2019)
  6. Scarlet Classic IV, Fireside 2019, Scarlet Classic V CS:GO Tournament Organizer
  7. Fireside Open 2018 CS:GO Caster
  8. Scarlet Classic III and Scarlet Classic IV Stream Observer

What drew you to CS:GO as an esport? What other games do you enjoy?

My main game was CS:GO, and my roommate drew me into the game. I think the thing that separates CS:GO from other games is that in my opinion, it is more individually rewarding to play and get better at, since you do not have to worry about things like hero imbalances, constant changes to certain heroes (nerfs and buffs), and the simplicity of the core objectives. I also found it the game that challenged me most for aim mechanics. I finished my collegiate career with about 2400 hours put into CS:GO. I do not really play that many other esports titles, but will usually play what my friends are playing. Outside of esports games I love good single-player games that have amazing stories, to where I can just chill out and enjoy myself. 

What are your plans after you graduate? 

My plans after graduating is to try to enter the esports industry. I do not really see myself working outside of esports since I love what I have gotten out of this industry. Graduate school is a possibility but I would rather begin in the workforce first to pay off debt. 

What has been the most rewarding part of being in the org?

The most rewarding part of being a member of Rutgers Esports was definitely the way I could improve and gain new skills as a person. My major was HR, but I was not exactly sure how to develop skills like interviewing and evaluating candidates. When developing the recruiting system, I was able to partake in those activities and develop real HR skills while being a member of Rutgers Esports. In addition, as a Competitive Coordinator and a Competitive Player, I developed the skills for Team Management and improved my teamwork capabilities. 

What’s your fondest memory of your time at Esports?

My fondest memory of Rutgers Esports was all the people I met along the journey. When I first came to Rutgers in Fall 2015, the majority of my high school friends actually did not go to Rutgers, so I was almost on my own. When joining esports, I was able to find like-minded people and we all meshed pretty well with each other. Through Rutgers Esports as well, I was able to connect to many other individuals at other university esports programs. I’ll never forget the positive people that I met along the way and I hope to both keep in touch and meet more people like them in the future.

Which nonexistent CS:GO character do you associate the most with?

CS:GO does not have any “characters” so this question is going to be tough to answer. My favorite weapon in game that I used often was the Desert Eagle. The Desert Eagle is one of the most mechanically challenging weapons in the game and I remember when I first started playing, I would use the Desert Eagle quite often in order to practice my aim skill.