Ethan is combining his interests in athletics and film through an internship at Granville High School.
A native of nearby Weavertown, N.Y., Ethan Cooper was looking for a school where he could pursue his interest in hospitality management and play soccer. He became intrigued with the communication program at GMC, discovering that strong technical skills in new media would open doors in just about any kind of business.
He’s managed to combine his interests in athletics and film through his current internship at Granville High School. Ethan produces a weekly TV program that shows the school’s sporting highlights. “It involves a lot of filming, editing and directing students who serve as hosts for the program,” explains Ethan. “It’s simulcast on closed-circuit TV to all the classrooms on Tuesday mornings.”
The three-credit internship is required of students in the communications studies program, and it’s the kind of real-world, hands-on experience Ethan has been engaged in since his freshman year.
“In my film class last year with Jason Schmitt, we watched a few documentaries, and then Jason said, ‘OK now go out and do one yourself.’” Ethan decided to make a film on the history of the ski hill near the GMC farm, which was at one time an active recreational center on campus. (See the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3G4wx5E5K1k)
Ethan applied to 11 different colleges after high school, but GMC gave him the best financial aid package and the chance to participate in two intercollegiate sports (he also runs the 400 meters and throws the javelin for the College’s track team).
With small classes, up-to-date equipment, and accessible professors, Ethan never feels he needs to wait in line to get the support he needs.
“I feel like I’m getting a lot of experience as a work-study student for Jason. I’m filming lectures for the College’s website while doing my own work. I know the skills I’m picking up will be really valuable in the future.”