Why this major?
This is a question I am asked frequently, because many people don’t know what actuarial science is—but to me, it's a second language. Actuarial science combines aspects of math, business, finance, economics and other areas of study into one discipline. As someone who is interested by all these fields, actuarial science was the perfect choice! In high school I excelled in math but didn’t know what I could do with that. When someone said, “Why don’t you just be an actuary” is when my gears started turning, and I began researching what that profession actually was…and I was hooked from the beginning. When I realized that Carroll had an actuarial science program, I knew that my choice in major and university was meant to be.
What is your career objective?
Upon graduating, I will continue on the path to become an associate of the Society of Actuaries. After obtaining my ASA, I will embark on the pathway to become a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.
How has what you’ve learned prepared you for your future?
The courses in the actuarial science major do a great job at setting the framework for the wide variety of topics that actuaries are responsible for knowing. Being an actuary is very enticing because it leads to a lifetime of continued learning. With the classes I have taken thus far at Carroll, I feel prepared for an entry level job as an actuary, but also am confident in my problem-solving skills which are necessary to advance in the profession.
How have you had opportunities to work closely with Carroll faculty?
Small class size is one of the main reasons I chose Carroll. I have yet to take a class that has had more than 25 students, and I believe that has made all the difference in my education. I am not afraid to ask questions when I do not understand something, which may be intimidating in front of a classroom of 100+ people, but not so much with only 20 others. My professors are always readily available and more than willing to meet with me one-on-one. When going to my professors with a question or problem, I know that my voice is being heard and that they truly are invested in my education. The Actuarial Science department is run by Dr. Symms, a beacon of light for many students going through the exam process. He, himself, has sat through actuarial exams, which makes his advice that much more valuable.
How has Carroll enriched your growth as a person?
When entering college, I decided to continue studying another language besides numbers—Spanish. I loved that not only did Carroll work this into my schedule, but they encouraged it. The Carroll Culture is all about broadening your horizons through respect, integrity and stewardship. I have been able to expand my comfort zone through my use of Spanish; so much so that I have decided to travel to Spain. Carroll has something for everyone, whether it be a major/minor, club, sport, or job, you will be able to find yourself here.
What would you say to someone considering actuarial science?
The actuarial profession is up-and-coming, and the Actuarial Science program at Carroll is right there with it. Carroll University stands out on résumés when applying to actuarial positions, because of our enriched curriculum, which covers four actuarial exams and all three VEE’s (Validation by Education Experience). We also have an Actuarial Science club on campus, where nearly everyone in the major is an active member. This is great for learning about the profession, getting exam/study tips, and making professional connections. Each spring semester the cub has presentations from different actuarial companies around the Milwaukee area—it is a great way to get your foot in the door and name out there!
How has financial aid made a difference in your life?
Financial aid has made an enormous impact in my college career. Upon being accepted to Carroll, I automatically received a scholarship based on my high school performance which made the price very comparable to a state school. Carroll also provides scholarship opportunities that can be applied on top of the one you may receive right away. I am lucky enough to be a recipient of the Davis Otto Fellow Science Scholarship. Carroll has very benevolent donors, who help keep the Carroll dream alive for many students. Without the generosity of Carroll’s donors, I would not be where I am today; I am forever grateful.
What’s your favorite place to study on campus?
My favorite place to study on Campus is our Learning Commons, or better known as the “LC.” The LC is a colorful study area, perfect for group work or solo studying. You can rent out laptops and tons of different types of study material. Some of the walls are even white boards; which is perfect for those long (but super fun) math problems!