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For the first couple of years at Withum,
I did mostly traditional accounting
work—tax and audit—and then I
ended up diving in 100 percent into
the litigation support group. That
meant I could spend more time on
turnaround work and also some other
litigation cases like marital disputes,
business valuation, partner disputes—
so I kind of had the whole gamut.
Q How long have you been doing this work?
AURICH I just celebrated my fifth
work anniversary, and I also did a couple
of internships at Withum before I started
full-time. I really enjoyed it. I was very
thankful for the opportunity and stuck
Q If you could start over, would you do anything differently?
AURICH I still have not passed the
CPA exam. I’ve just passed two parts so
far this summer. If I could do anything
differently, I would definitely recommend
to people who want to be in the
accounting profession to get their CPA
before they even start work. I wish I had
been a little bit more diligent and was
able to be certified before the whole
busy-ness of life got in the way.
Q It’s always much harder when you’re working full-time.
AURICH Obviously, everyone wants
you to get your CPA done as quickly as
possible, and it’s really beneficial to pass it
right after college—you’re still in the study
mindset, and they say life doesn’t really
get in the way. Work isn’t quite as busy.
You don’t have that many responsibilities.
When I was starting to study for the CPA,
I was pretty much just as busy then as I
am now. Sure, my work responsibilities
are a little bit more involved now, but I’ve
always been doing the Eagles so I’ve
always had time constraints.
I’ve found for me, at least, now that I
am married, it’s a little more helpful
because now I have someone who
can share in the responsibilities of our
home. When I wasn’t around or when
I was busy studying, he could come in
and help out in those roles where before
I didn’t really have that much help.
Q It comes in very handy to have someone pick up the dry cleaning
and run to the grocery store.
AURICH Absolutely. I’m much more
motivated than I was in the past and have
a lot more experience, so I think that’s
really helped at least get those two parts
passed. Now, I only have two left, so I’m
going to jump back on the study wagon
after the football season because it’s really
hard to get anything done during the fall.
Q I think probably a lot of people are interested in what TMA members
like to do outside the office and
particularly in your case because it’s so
unusual. I’d pretty much be willing to bet
that you’re the only NFL cheerleader
among our membership. You got
involved with the Eagles seven years ago?
AURICH Yes. My senior year in
college was my first football season with
Q How did that come about?
AURICH I grew up as a dancer. Since
the age of 3, I’ve been dancing and I
really love it. I couldn’t imagine my life
without it. It gave me so many different
opportunities and taught me so much
about time management from a young
age, even in high school.
After high school, my goal was to try out
for the Rutgers Dance Team. I did that
for three years in college. The Rutgers
Dance Team performed at football
games. We performed at men’s and
women’s basketball games. We also
competed nationally every year. So, it
gave me the best of both worlds—I was
able to compete, and I was also able to
perform and really cheer on my team.
That’s where I first learned a lot about
cheerleading. I’d never been much of
a cheerleader in a traditional sense,
so that was my introduction into the
cheerleading world. After my junior year
in college, I decided I wanted to give
the NFL scene a try because I really love
football. It’s a huge passion of mine.
In the NFL, the cheerleaders typically
are actually more like dancers than
cheerleaders in the traditional sense of
the word. At the Philadelphia Eagles, we
don’t do a lot of tumbling and stunting
and that sort of thing. It’s more dance-based. I tried out at the end of my junior
year, and I made the squad on the first try.
I never looked back. I’ve been a captain
for a couple of years and it’s taught me
a lot about leadership and teamwork,
and it’s just been such a blessing. I’m
really fortunate in that my firm lets me
pursue both my passions as well as my
career. I get the best of both worlds.