During Staff training in January, our Managing Partner and CEO, Bill Hagaman, came to talk to us about WithumSmith+Brown. During his presentation he suggested that we, the new staff, start blogging as a way to get our name out there and recognized. I’ve never been much of a writer. My brother, communication major at Rutgers, can certainly attest to that. That being said, blogging seemed a little intimidating to me. After tossing the idea around for a little while, I decided that I might have something valuable to offer other new staff, or those thinking about choosing public accounting as a career.
I interned at WS+B for two tax seasons during my junior and senior years at Rutgers. So, being busy during tax season wasn’t all that new to me. For the past two years, I became somewhat familiar with the stress and rush that busy season brings. The challenge for those two years was how to balance my internship and a full college course load. Now, my challenge is a bit different. I’m trying to balance my life and my full time job.
I’ve been told I’m a bit of an anomaly when it comes to accountants. Not only do I work as a full-time staff accountant at WS+B, but I am also an NFL cheerleader. Balancing the two has been quite difficult for me. Luckily, football season and tax season don’t coincide. But the challenge during tax season is being able to keep in shape while working 55-65 hours a week.
Speaking of anomalies, someone also once told me accountants weren’t any fun. Have you met my firm?
As often as I refer to the “challenges” of tax season, I’m looking forward to my first “real” busy season as a full time staff at WS+B. I hope to share all of the good, the bad, and the ugly with you. I will be as genuine as possible… because getting the real experience of what it’s like will be the most important part of this blog.