Ally Newman - Auditing on Ice
How one MPA student found a way to combine her two passions into one.
Some people are meant to be accountants. Ally Newman, MPA ’14, comes from a family of accountants, and her first word was “money.” It was an obvious declaration of the career path she would choose. Ally manages a busy school load, is an active member of the MPA Council, and an avid runner, participating in several marathons and races throughout the year. But she still finds time for another passion: judging ice skating competitions.
Ally started judging when she was 16-years-old as a way to stay involved in the sport she loved. Her first experience judging was a basic skills competition consisting of skaters from ages three to eight. Seeing the kids have the time of their life on the ice reminded her of why she fell in love with the sport in the first place, and she’s been judging ever since. While the idea of an accountant judging ice skating may seem a bit strange, Ally contends that there is a connection:
“The most important qualities for a judge are very similar to attractive qualities for an auditor. The first of which is having an unbiased nature. When you are out there judging, you are an independent evaluator of the skills being performed for you, and you cannot let personal motivations affect your scores. Another important quality is attention to detail, because the majority of major mistakes in figure skating happen within a fraction of a second and it is your responsibility to catch them in order to properly evaluate the skater’s performance. Finally, like an auditor, a skating judge has to have the ability to make tough calls in stressful situations.”
Ally Newman is also one of our MPA student bloggers. Read more about her and our other bloggers’ MPA experience.