Ethan Burns
Communication
Location: Fort Wayne, IN, USA
School: Purdue University Fort Wayne
Field of Study: Communication

Ethan Burns

I am currently a Freshman at Purdue University Fort Wayne studying Communication, specifically Rhetoric and Public advocacy, with a minor in Public Affairs. I plan to work in film as a director.
EXPERIENCE
APRIL 2017 – AUGUST 2019
EDUCATION INTERPRETER, FORT WAYNE CHILDREN’S ZOO
Worked with the Kangaroo’s, Barn Animals, Stingrays, Savanah animals, Giraffes, reptile house inhabitants like Reticulated Python and Komodo Dragon, and Orangutans. In these areas I would engage with the guests and educate them on the animals’ names, habits, personalities, and interesting facts about the species.
SEPTEMBER 2019– CURRENT
TEAM MEMBER, PET SUPPLIES PLUS
Work the sales floor helping guests find the animal supplies they need. This could include the criteria for purchasing a new pet, best pet suited for specific home environments, switching to a new type of dog food, or finding the right cat toy. I am also responsible for stocking of shelves, store cleaning, and updating prices and sales information.
EDUCATION
2015-2019
ACADEMIC HONORS DIPLOMA, BISHOP DWENGER HIGH SCHOOL
3.34 GPA
Participated in Show Choir for two years
Participated in drama department, specifically the plays and musicals, for three years
Participated in Speech for one year and went to state for humor and drama and placed in the quarter semi-finals.
Took AP-Psychology and a Dual-Credit CINS class (trained in Microsoft products like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access)

BIOLOGY (ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION), PURDUE UNIVERSITY FORT WAYNE
Current Year Freshman
Secretary in Green Action Club
Independent study with Professor Scott Bergeson regarding the research of Star-Nosed Moles, and their native status in North-Eastern Indiana.
SKILLS
• Camera Operation
• Extraverted and people friendly
• Punctual
• Flexible • Work Efficient
• Independent
• Good Communication between coworkers and management
ACTIVITIES
From a very young age, I have had a passion for film, not only just as a casual viewing, but looking at them deeper and what the director wants us to see. I also enjoy giving back to the community, having been a secretary in the Purdue University Green Action Club which worked with the native environment of Fort Wayne. I personally feel, that through the entertainment of film, I can inspire and give back to the community, that so many dream of, and few achieve. I also previously volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, helping people that have recently dealt with a catastrophe by building houses and assisting those in the retail store find house essentials. For a brief time, I also volunteered at The Cedars retirement home, helping residents get to their rooms and playing various games with them, while learning and listening about their lives.

Film, Communication, Director, Storyteller