Ashleen Evans

Ashleen Evans is enthusiastic about numbers and intends to apply her love of math to a career that follows this passion.

Evans, 23, from Lebanon, Ind., is the only deaf person in her family and the only one of her siblings to go to college. Evans hadn’t thought she would get into college, but became motivated when an instructor for deaf and hard-of-hearing students told about her deaf brother who graduated from RIT. Not only was Evans accepted at RIT/NTID, but she has embraced all aspects of college life.

“I love math and my Accounting major,” says Evans. “My personality matches the field of accounting. I enjoy recording and figuring transactions, and learning about financial reporting, analysis and tax accounting.”

Evans gained valuable work experience during a cooperative work experience last summer as a clerk-treasurer intern for the City of Elwood in Elwood, Indiana.

“I loved that job,” she says. “It required me to learn about local politics, human resources, and how the community faced issues related to the mayor’s decisions about water sewage resources.”

Evans enjoys her extracurricular activities on campus as well. She currently is president of the NTID Student Congress.

“The best part about RIT/NTID for me is that there are lots of opportunities to increase your leadership skills and to discover who you are,” says Evans.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree this spring, she wants to get some work experience in accounting and build up her knowledge—and resume.

“I’ll probably want to get a CPA in five to 10 years,” says Evans, “and I’m open to moving to any location.”

This story appeared in the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of FOCUS Magazine.

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