My name is Eresha Amarasekara. I live in Evansville, IN, but I am originally from Sri Lanka. I lived in the United States eleven years now with seven years in California and three years in Indiana. I am married, and I have 6-year-old twin girls.
I was born in a small village in Sri Lanka. When I was young, I attended a small village school with less facilities. However, my aunt who lives in one of the major cities in Sri Lanka helped me to enroll in a ranked school in that city. Then, I moved with my aunt. My aunt and her family treated me as their family member. The first couple weeks, I felt home sick. I missed my family. I believed in myself and studied hard. I graduated high school with good grades. I could not go to the college or university because I could not afford it. I believed that I could earn a college degree in the future. That is true, because I am working on it now. I won the Green Card Lottery Visa, and I got chance to move to San Diego, California in 2009. I could not find an accounting job there, because I do not have an accounting degree. I have skills and experience, but I could not prove that. So, I started work as a sales associate at Seven Eleven Store. I cried after the first day I worked in the store because that was not the job that I was used to. Anyway, I got a promotion to Store manager after a few months of working there because the owner of the store saw my skills, and I felt little better.
I began my studies in 2012 toward my accounting degree. I had so many personal problems in my life, and I took one class at the semester. Then I found a consultative sales associates position at Sears. Also, I got pregnant with twins, so I stop my studies from 2015 to 2016 and stayed home with my kids. In 2016, we moved to Evansville, Indiana from San Diego, California and I started to continue my studies toward my accounting degree once again. Now, I am almost finished with my degree, and will graduate in May 2021. My GPA is 3.80, and I just received my Business Administration Certificate, and Accounting Certificate with Magna Cum Laude. Also, I received membership to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, as well. After I graduate from Ivy Tech, I would like to transfer to USI to get my bachelor’s degree. I have eight years of accounting experience from my time in Sri Lanka as an accounts assistant. I would love to continue my education with accounting major because I am enjoying working with numbers. In addition, I need to re-acquaint myself with my accounting knowledge. My future plans are to finish my degree, and find a better job in an accounting field.
I am currently working at the Ivy Tech Business Office in Evansville as a work-study. As a work-study in the business office, I am responsible for all of the accounts payable invoices and some of the appropriate journal entries, and accounting projects that are assigned by the CPA in our department. In addition, I am working at Atlas World Group as an accounting intern. I know I can find a better job as soon as I finish my degree in May 2021.
I set goals and themes for my life. The theme of my life is, “be the best among the best.” I believe my theme is worthy enough, because I use this theme in work, study, and for my personal life.