Hometown: Farmington, Connecticut
Major: Financial Accounting
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration in Financial Accounting
Activities: WCSU Women’s Soccer, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Honors Student Organization, Accounting Society, PeaceJam, Junior Achievement, part-time campus jobs at the O'Neill Center and Ancell Learning Commons
INTERNSHIPS: Corporate Tax Intern at Praxair, Audit Intern at Deloitte
Honors and Awards: Dean’s List, Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants Junior, 2015-16 LEC Women’s Soccer Conference Champion, 2014-16 LEC All-Conference First Team, 2014-16 LEC All-Academic Team, 2016 All-New England (Third Team) Selection
Three factors came into play when Celia Devoe decided to attend Western Connecticut State University: affordability, soccer and the honors program. "I knew going into college that I did not want to be saddled with a ton of debt and WestConn allowed me to do that. I also chose WestConn because of its highly successful Women’s Soccer program and awesome coaching staff. Finally, I chose WestConn because of the fantastic honors program. The Kathwari Honors Program is such an awesome network of smart, compassionate and hard-working students."
Devoe says she decided to study accounting "because I have always been interested in business and since accounting is 'the language of business,' I felt that it would give me a solid foundation for anything I decided to do in the future."
Many graduating students point to a particular professor or administrator as someone who served as a mentor during their time at the university. For Devoe, it was a student who had followed a similar path who made a strong impression. "I would have to say WCSU alumna Alexis Koukos was someone who I looked up to throughout my time at Western. Her strong work ethic and academic accomplishments helped motivate me and push me to be the best student I could be." Devoe also credits Women's Soccer coaches Joe Mingachos, Alex Harrison, Shaun Bailey, Steve Lopes and Everton McCalla with their guidance -- both on and off the field.
Asked what she will remember most about her Western experience, Devoe says, "Winning the LEC Conference Championships in 2015 and 2016. Many people do not know that student-athletes spend upwards of 30+ hours a week training, playing and traveling for a sport on top of being a full-time student; so being able to be academically successful as well as athletically is something I am very proud to say we were able to do as a team."
In September, Devoe will start as an Audit Associate at Deloitte. "I am hoping to also go to graduate school in the future," she says.
Devoe’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: "Get involved in on-campus clubs, activities, jobs, etc. WestConn is the type of school where it is big enough that you do not run into the same people every day, but small enough where you can really grow and create a strong supportive network. Also, as I tell any new player on the soccer team, sit in the front of the classroom and get to know your professors!"