Alisha (Ebersole) Sangrey '10
E-town allowed me to experience a variety of subjects which now gives me a basis to connect with my clients. --Alisha Sangrey
Alisha (Ebersole) Sangrey of Manheim, Pa., graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2010. She double-majored in Accounting and Spanish and was active in lacrosse. Today, she works as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Harrisburg. We asked Alisha a few questions about her time at E-town and about her present financial career.
E-town College: How did your Elizabethtown education/experience prepared you for your career?
Alisha Sangrey: My accounting and business classes at E-town allowed me to enter the accounting field with a lot of knowledge. I felt academically and professionally prepared for the accounting industry. Additionally, what has helped me the most is the well-rounded education I received at E-town. I am in a client-based industry. E-town encouraged diverse learning. I had the opportunity to study abroad, play varsity lacrosse, participate in service days and play the flute. E-town allowed me to experience a variety of subjects which now gives me a basis to connect with my clients.
EC: What is the most memorable academic or co/extracurricular achievement during your time at Elizabethtown?
AC: My most memorable experience was playing on the Varsity Women's Lacrosse team and winning the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) championship and going to the second round of NCAA my senior year. We had lost in two previous MAC championships, so to win was incredible. It's wonderful when you work so hard to make something happen, and it does. The friendships I made on that team also are relationships I will carry with me forever. We worked so hard and accomplished so much.
EC: Tell us about the day-to-day of your career – and in what ways do you feel you are carrying on the mission of Elizabethtown – where learning is most noble when used to help others?
AC: Auditing is a client-based industry. I am continuously changing clients and locations. It is my job to represent our firm to the clients. I have learned to balance completing my work and also interacting with the clients. I try to encourage them on a bad day or just listen to them. I believe the "small talk" is really important because it shows you care and demonstrates we are all people and not just robots. People are what make or break a job so I take time to invest in relationships. Investing in relationships is something I learned at Elizabethtown. My professors always cared about me as a student, as well as my advisors and friends. E-town has a small town feel; it was nice to be somewhere where even the cafeteria workers knew your name.
Additionally E-town always has told us to use our knowledge for service and to be involved in the community. This winter I began to coach a fifth- and sixth-grade girls lacrosse team. I want the girls to have the same experience I had playing lacrosse. I am excited to be teaching them to work toward a goal, how to improve their lacrosse skills and the importance of being active and having fun. Like Miranda Lambert's song, "House that Built Me," thanks E-town for helping to build me into the woman and professional I am today!
--by Allison Rohland '13