Alumni Corner: Maurice Buchanan

Alumni Corner: Maurice Buchanan
Portrait photo of Maurice Buchanan.
Stats: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota • Co-owner of Wurk in Hopkins, Minnesota

After earning a full scholarship for football to the University of Minnesota, Maurice Buchanan entered the health and fitness industry. He has since become a successful entrepreneur in the Hopkins community.

In 2014, he started his own personal fitness training business and in 2019, he and a business partner opened their own fitness facility called Wurk. Buchanan’s gym will be cornering a fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship at the end of this year. He is excited to continue to pursue his dreams!

Q: Was there a teacher or staff member who made a difference in your life?
Hopkins astronomy teacher, Tom Franke. His approach to teaching and learning was unique along with his personality and delivery. He had creative freedom and that’s what I wanted to have in my career — the freedom to be myself, try my ideas freely, and to make mistakes.

Q: How did Hopkins prepare you for the future?
My teachers and coaches were unbelievably supportive even when I wasn’t the best version of myself as a teenager. They were patient, which you need an immense amount as an entrepreneur.

Q: What is your advice for current Royals?
Whether it’s the best time or not the best time, it goes fast and it’s temporary. Enjoy it and don’t take it too seriously. You’re not a finished human yet.