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Employee/Alumni - Charlie Burns

Charlie BurnsCharlie Burns
Campus Secretary/Special Events Coordinator, Northwestern-Woodward
Bachelor's degree in mass communication and speech/theatre from Northwestern in 2011
Originally from Sayre, Okla.

Goals:  I am very fun-loving, but I am very devoted to my passions. I love life, and I love meeting new people. After graduating, I hope to find a public relations or graphic design job in a larger city and preferably for a professional theatre.

Q:  What is something about yourself you don’t mind sharing with people who don’t know you?

A:  I am the middle child of five boys. I have two older brothers and two younger brothers.

Q: What are some of your hobbies?

A: I love singing, dancing, acting, texting and relaxing.

Q: Are you a first generation college student?

A: Neither of my parents graduated college, which gave me a drive to be successful and do the things in life that I want to do. I have been determined since 6th grade to graduate college.

Q:  Was Northwestern your first choice?

A:  I am originally from a smaller town in Western Oklahoma and wanted to experience a big city and a large university, so Northwestern was not my first choice. After going to a bigger university and realizing I was a number and not a person, I knew that Northwestern would be a better choice for me. Earning my education at Northwestern was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Q:  Why did you choose to earn your degree at Northwestern?

A:  Northwestern is such a devoted campus. From President Cunningham all the way to the youngest freshman, everyone is working toward a goal of excellence in education. Whether it be educating, learning or simply observing, Northwestern is a great place to grow and experience a quality, affordable education.

Q: What does it mean for you to be able to earn your degree from Northwestern?

A: It means so much! Much like a house is not the same as a home, any university out there isn’t the same as Northwestern. It is such an honor to call myself a Ranger.

Q: How have some of your classes helped to develop who you are today?

A: Every class has definitely helped shape me into the person I am today. There is so much to learn and so many different fields of study to explore at Northwestern if you just take a few chances and trust the Northwestern family to help you along the way.

Q: How have your experiences outside the classroom helped to develop who you are today?

A: The Northwestern family is evident both in and out of the classroom. It’s so important to remember everyone you meet because everyone will help you out in some fashion throughout your college career.

Q: What does Northwestern mean to you?

A: Northwestern truly means everything to me. It means waking up every morning to know I’m going to have a great day at school. It means taking pride in every campus activity and organization because you can see the passion in every single person’s eyes. There is such a great family at Northwestern, and I could never be happier to call myself a Northwestern Ranger. 





Q:  What does being a Ranger mean to you?

A:  Being a Ranger means the world to me. I wake up every morning knowing that my future is secure because I am a Ranger. I know that being a Ranger has helped shape who I am today, and I could not be more proud to be a Northwestern Ranger. Mrs. Brown reminded me of the “T-shirt test” – if you can wear the T-shirt of your organization or university, then you take pride in what you’re doing for that university. I could wear a Ranger T-shirt every day of my life!

Q:  Can you tell a short story about a favorite class or activity at Northwestern?

A:  I always love campus life at Northwestern. Whether it’s a basketball game or Bahama Breakaway, a choir concert or a banquet, I always know it is worthwhile to experience our campus life. Northwestern has so much to offer if you just take a chance and jump in and experience it.

Q:  What clubs or student organizations do you participate in and why?

A:  Castle Players and all of the fine arts … because I love every second of my life that I get to devote to the arts.

Q:  What on- or off-campus activities should a student not miss while attending Northwestern?

A:  Don’t miss a single thing! Anything you hear about is definitely going to be worthwhile! If there’s a poster for it or you hear something about it, go to it! Nothing is going to be bad. I promise.

Q:  What leadership opportunities have you been a part of while attending Northwestern?

A:  My main leadership opportunities started with the Student Government Association. I chaired many committees and helped out with multiple events and eventually served as vice president for two years. I was chosen as a member of the Leadership Northwestern class, which is a great opportunity to increase your leadership knowledge. Also, I have been section leader in both band and choir and helped to head projects in the theatre. Northwestern has great leadership opportunities.

Q: How has being involved in these activities helped your success as a student?

A: They helped me to meet new people and feel more at home around the campus.


Movie:  Hocus Pocus
Color:  Green
Type of Music:  Broadway musicals, pop and rap
Musical Artist:  I like too many to mention!
Book:  Ordinary Miracles
Movie:  Dreamgirls and Hairspray
Food:  Pizza and ice cream (not together!)
TV Show:  Glee
Actor/Actress:  Johnny Depp
Season:  Fall (I love all the beautiful colors)
Drink:  Sweet tea
Sport to Watch:  Cheerleading
Vehicle:  Dodge Challenger
Flower:  Bird of Paradise
Favorite Day of the Year:  I have a favorite week. It’s the week between Christmas and New Year’s
Favorite Inspirational Quote:  “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss