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Ryan TolanCAN DO continues to build a talented and dedicated team of different experiences and backgrounds in order to support its efforts in fostering economic development and community growth in the Greater Hazleton area. This summer, the CAN DO staff is joined by Ryan Tolan, a senior from the University of Scranton studying Business Administration and Finance.

Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Ryan Tolan and I am from Hazleton, Pennsylvania.

What inspired you to study Finance at the University of Scranton?

All of my life I have been very good with numbers, and one day I thought to myself, “why not use this ability for something real?” So, I enrolled in some Finance classes after declaring my minor, and I really enjoyed them.

What made you want to work at CAN DO?

When searching for a summer internship, I really wanted to intern somewhere that had a bigger impact on the community compared to other companies. On top of this, I wanted to be at a place where I would feel comfortable. This is what drew me to CAN DO, not only do they do an immense amount of work for the community, but the staff are also very welcoming.

You’ve been with CAN DO for a bit now, what has been your favorite experience so far?

I really enjoyed the breakfast at Ferrwood Music Camp. As a child, I attended the camp for many years – when I was told about the breakfast for the CAN DO staff, I was very excited to return to a destination with so many memories. The experience did not disappoint!

How is school going? Any plans after graduation?

School has been one of the best experiences of my life so far. I enjoy the balance of fun and knowledge that college gives.

As of now, I do not have any definite plans after graduation. However, being an accounting intern this summer has opened a door into a life I never truly saw myself in but will be considering for sure.

What do you do for fun?

For fun, I enjoy hanging out with friends and playing sports. My friends and I get together regularly to play basketball.

Are you a glass-half-full or a glass-half-empty type of person?

I am a glass-half-full type of person. I believe no matter the situation, a good outcome is achievable.

What’s your favorite local restaurant?

I would be lying if I didn’t answer Chipotle. I order it at least two times a week, if not more.

Staff discussions get pretty intense when it comes to coffee. How do you like yours made?

I actually do not drink coffee. I was never able to adapt to the taste.

At this very moment, are there more doors or wheels in the world?

I feel like doors are the only right answer to this question.