It’s 3 a.m. inside the Belk Library. As the building is open all night on weekdays, all the lights stay on. From the first floor, it’s impossible to hear Tammy Wilson, Belk’s night janitor, wiping office windows and emptying trash cans on the second and third floors. Even for a library, the silence is overwhelming.
The library’s large oblong skylight invites the eye to spiral up to the remaining floors. Passing through the building’s main entrance, it’s easy to miss the figure lurking to the left. Yet he sits behind the service desk, waiting. Who is he?
Not the fictional Halloween serial killer, though – the 26-year-old part-time college student with hobbies and interests as unique as his sleep and work schedules.
As a salsa, ballroom, rumba and swing dancer, student of martial arts – particularly judo, jujitsu and aikido –, rock climber, actor and musician, Myers also works the night shift at the Belk Library. Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., Myers can be found parked at the library service desk, ready to help students with printing issues and book renewals.
According to Myers, the best part of working the night shift is the freedom that comes with it.
“You can really be your own boss, like you can really set your own schedule here because I can check book deliveries anytime and check emails anytime during my shift,” Myers said. .
Although burning midnight oil in Belk is his main job, Myers said he works part-time about once a month at Food Lion to keep paying his bills.
Myers started at the library in September 2021 after earning a math degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he’s currently planning to pursue a master’s degree in library science, statistics, or computer science. While at Chapel Hill, Myers also completed four years of Arabic, which he said he can speak and understand relatively well to this day.
Because he attended one of the first high schools at Rockingham County Early College, Myers earned his associate’s degree at the same time he graduated from high school — meaning he took courses. university classes at the age of 14, alongside typical students.
“It was different, the age gap there,” Myers said. “Interacting with much older people…it was really interesting.”
Born in Eden, North Carolina, Myers said he was also the first person in his immediate family to live outside the state of North Carolina, as he spent a year abroad in the United Kingdom. United. Myers’ brother, David, works the second shift at Belk from 3 p.m. to midnight, which gives the brothers a half-hour overlap during their shifts.
Myers is the youngest of three children, and although neither he nor his brother have children, his sister has two daughters, aged four and 12 respectively, making him an uncle. Eventually, Myers said he would like to have a child to get the experience of being a father.
With both parents still alive, Myers said his mother worked as a bank teller for more than 20 years and his father worked in a cigarette factory for about 12 years. Because of this, Myers said all of her family members had been addicted to smoking at times. point in their life.
“My whole family, at one time or another, smoked — as usual,” Myers said. “Except for me…I saw the habit it could create and I could see the impact it could have on your health, so I made the decision not to touch it.”
Although his job is relatively stationary, Myers says he likes to stay active. Having first got into martial arts because some of his friends did in college, Myers has picked up the hobby and attends martial arts classes at the Koury Center every Tuesday and Thursdays at studio six at 8:30 p.m.
Although he’s not a big sports fan, Myers said he also follows North Carolina college basketball teams like Carolina and Duke, as well as the Kansas team, because the coach- chef Roy Williams was a coach for UNC.
As for his interests, Myers said he enjoys listening to music and watching Netflix, which he is allowed to do on his night shift.
Although he said he has a wide range of musical tastes – citing genres like hip hop, R&B, classic rock and heavy metal, as well as artists including Michael Jackson, Kendrick Lamar, Donald Glover, Nelly and Lil’ John – his favorite pastime is watching ‘creepy’ reality TV shows like ‘Love Island’.
On top of that, Myers also said he’s been playing guitar on and off for the past 12 years, branching out into genres like classic rock and heavy metal.
Myers is currently taking an acting class for non-majors at Elon every Monday and Wednesday from 4-5:40 p.m. To wake up in time for school and work, Myers said he would typically wake up around 3 p.m. and spend the time after class, but before his shift, hitting the gym, taking his dance or dance lessons. martial arts, hanging out with friends or exploring the area.
Since the end of August, Simply Thai has been Myers’ favorite restaurant to eat near campus.
As he ponders his future plans, Myers is currently scouting for homes in Raleigh where he can better continue his education or start a career that has yet to be discovered by him. Although he said he hasn’t decided what career path he wants to follow yet, Meyers said he would like to live in Boston eventually, where he could be in a city near the beach.
A man of many talents and hobbies, Myers is one of Elon’s many hidden gems on campus, known primarily to nocturnals and insomniacs.
Although he enjoys helping out and interacting with students, Myers estimates he could see as many as five students…on a busy night. If you ever see him, don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation. Not only is he more interesting than perhaps the more famous and fictional Michael Myers, but he’s also a lot friendlier.
“I would say one of the downsides is that I like having someone to talk to,” Myers said. “Sometimes it can get a little lonely.”