Ronald Evenson was selected as Merced College's Student of the Month for April, 2015. He was nominated by Professor Cary Yanagi who complemented Ronald's work ethic:

Ronald is a student of the future who knows how to get the most out of a demanding hybrid class. He stays ahead of his homework and his work is immaculate and complete.

Winning Essay by Ronnie Evenson

Merced College Student of Month and Year
Left to Right: Ronald Evenson, April 2015 Student of the Month, and Professor.

My name is Ronnie Evenson, and I am 26 years old. I currently live in Newman, which is about 45 minutes from the Merced campus. My wife and I commute three days per week to the Merced campus.

I enrolled at Merced College in fall 2013, which makes this my fourth semester of college. I also took two classes over the summer of 2014. I have currently completed 49 units with a 4.0 GPA. Currently, I am taking 14 units. Aside from attending school, I work 30 hours per week at an auto parts store in Newman.

I am in the process of earning my AST in business administration. Once I transfer, my emphasis will be in accounting. I also plan to minor in statistics. The two locations that Merced College offers has offered a lot of flexibility for my wife and I. Merced College has made it easy to register for the classes I need to transfer, as well as given me access to Professors that are very knowledgeable. I have been very fortunate to have Professors that have been willing to challenge me, as well as provide help. The professors in the business department have been great.

My wife and I both hope to attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in the fall of 2016. After I complete my undergraduate degree, I plan on obtaining my master’s in accounting. After I have completed my education, I hope to get a job with an accounting firm to gain experience. I hope to use my combination of accounting and statistics to be a financial analyst/ corporate consultant. Forensic accounting is also an area that inspires me since the growth of forensic accounting after the demise of Arthur Andersen during the Enron corporate scandal, which Professors Villhauer and Fritz discussed in their accounting and BUS Law classes. Towards the end of my career, I would like to teach accounting at a community college.

Work and school keep me very busy, so, unfortunately, I don’t have much time for any extracurricular activities. If I’m not working or doing homework, I’m spending time with my wife and our two Dachshunds.

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