Posted by Stephanie Kollm on June 19, 2013
Accounting and Business and Commerce double major Daniel Evans doesn’t let hard work, long hours and a tough schedule get in the way of his success. Daniel, the 2013 recipient of the Jennifer Worzala Award for Academic Excellence in Business and Leadership, has proven his determination and drive throughout his experience at AU.
Daniel returned to college after nearly 20 years away from the classroom. He had completed an associate’s degree in information technology in the 80s, but found that in today’s changing job market, he needed a bachelor’s degree to develop a career that meets his professional goals. Since enrolling at AU three years ago, he has not only attained the educational foundation that he desired with a 4.0 GPA, but also immersed himself in the campus community. Daniel is the vice president of the national business honors society, Delta Mu Delta, as well as a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society and the Student Accounting Society. He also volunteered his time with the Aurora University VITA program, preparing tax returns for low income and elderly members of community.
Last semester, Daniel faced a tough challenge. As an intern at a local CPA firm, he prepared taxes for eight hours a day, took aÂ full schedule of classes at AU at night, and found just a bit of spare time to do his homework and meet with an AU math tutor. “I was taking a statistics class that semester and it was the first time I had touch real math in more than 20 years,” he said. “I was absolutely booked, but I made it through.”
Daniel’s motivation came not only from his internal drive, but from the people he met at AU. “I’ve made some great friends, and I’m truly impressed by the great stock of intelligent young people at AU,” he said. “And, my professors helped bring the material to life. Many of my instructors drew upon their own real-world experiences to teach the coursework.”
Now, Daniel is turning his attention back to the job market, where he hopes to land a position with a successful CPA firm. With his strong sense of professionalism and ability to practice diplomacy when the need arises, he is confident that he’ll find success, armed with his AU degree.
The Jennifer Worzala Award for Academic Excellence in Business and Leadership is presented to an outstanding senior accounting or business major who has demonstrated academic excellence, campus leadership and character in pursuit of his or her undergraduate degree. The award is named in memory of Jennifer Worzala, who passed away during her senior year at Aurora University.