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Julia Fiedler ’21: Close to Home, Close to Opportunity

Julia Fiedler ’21: Close to Home, Close to Opportunity

When it came time for Julia Fiedler ’21 to search for a college, she didn’t bother. She knew Syracuse University was the place for her. 

“Syracuse University and the Whitman School have always been close to home for me, both literally and figuratively,” she says. “I remember hanging out in my mom’s office, meeting the Whitman faculty, and even helping out with an ice cream social when I was around 10 years old.”

A graduate of nearby Christian Brothers Academy in De Witt, New York, she knew of the many opportunities available at Syracuse University, and wanted to major in business. But, accounting wasn’t really part of Fiedler’s plan at first, even after she did well in Introduction to Accounting, which she took with her mother, MaryAnn Monforte, professor of accounting practice. It wasn’t until she attended an Accounting Stars event with KPMG that she began to understand that a career in accounting could “look like many different things.”

“Accounting is a great foundation for any career in business,” she says. “It utilizes problem solving and logical thinking along with interpersonal skills.”

She took an additional accounting class with Ginger Wagner, professor of accounting practice, and she was hooked. Fiedler credits the strong alumni network with helping her to understand the full scope of the accounting profession. 

“I’ve been fortunate to have met several Syracuse University alumni who work for the Big Four firms,” she says. “Bart Spiegel ’96, a partner at PwC, has given me great advice and insight, along with Mike Cyran, Jackie DeRosa, Natasha Caminero ’15 and Joe Iannace ’07 at EY, and countless others. I also keep in touch with some of my mom’s former TAs to get the perspective of someone just starting their career.”

In addition to participating in Beta Alpha Psi, Fiedler also belongs to Enactus, a social entrepreneurship organization that works on projects for the underserved in the Syracuse community and abroad. She attended a mission trip to Guatemala in January to see firsthand the impact Enactus has on the lives of the women with whom they work. She also belongs to Chaarg, a workout group on campus.

I’VE BEEN FORTUNATE TO HAVE MET SEVERAL SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI WHO WORK FOR THE BIG FOUR FIRMS.”

“I play tennis and do yoga to stay active,” she says. “I enjoy any kind of artistic outlet, including cooking, painting, ceramics, photography and writing. I also love to travel and experience different kinds of cultures.”

Fiedler is on a five-year track, planning to earn a master’s in accounting while taking the CPA exam. She recently accepted an internship offer from EY and will be working in the assurance practice in New York City for the summer of 2021.