Evan Schuler
Staff Accountant, Gronewold, Bell, Kyhnn & Co., Atlantic, Iowa
Evan Schuler

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The Red Raider men’s golf team won the GPAC title all four years of Evan’s college career, but his success didn’t end there. The golf course also served as a launching pad for his career in accounting. A regular player with the partners of his hometown accounting firm in Atlantic, Iowa, Evan was a sure bet for a well-timed job opening. Golf, combined with his residence life experience in North Suites, set Evan on course for a great job where he’s sure to score connections.

What does your job involve?
My primary responsibility is auditing governmental and not-for-profit agencies like towns, counties and hospitals. This involves traveling around the state and performing audits and then composing the reports and financial statements. I transition to tax return preparation during tax season.

How well did Northwestern prepare you for your current job and for life beyond college?
I can’t say enough about Northwestern and how well it prepared me for the rest of my life. The education I received challenged me and forced me to think critically, but the real-life people skills I learned will be just as—if not more—valuable. Simply by observing the professors and the relationships they had with others, I saw people who genuinely loved their jobs and desired to make a difference. Northwestern prepared me to be an employee who does more than simply show up to work every day; I learned how to be somebody who sees each day as an opportunity the Lord has given to make a difference.

What do you appreciate most about your Northwestern experience?
There are so many things I loved about Northwestern, including my college golf experience. Being on a successful team makes it even more fun, but aside from the results, it gave me memories and friendships I will forever cherish.  Aaron Aberson, the head golf coach, had a tremendous impact on me, and I’ll forever be thankful for the four years spent on his team. He’s a man who desires success on the course, but more importantly, he desires to grow young men into strong, godly men. I also value all of the people I met at Northwestern: my wingmates, roommates, teammates, resident directors, coaches and professors. Northwestern gave me deep, authentic relationships I’m grateful for.

What would you like to be doing in 5 or 10 years?
Hopefully I will have my CPA license by then; word has it that Northwestern prepares grads pretty well for those exams. As for exactly where I’ll be, I’m not sure. I’m happy with where I’m at right now, but I’m still trying to decide if public accounting is what I want to do with my life. I’m hoping that wherever I end up, whether at my current job or somewhere else, I will be obedient in listening to and following God’s call for my life.