1. Guest Blog by Mike Jennings, FSA, CERA, co-founder of Rethink Studying The Science of Expert Performance You’ve probably heard of the “10,000 hour rule” popularized by Malcom Gladwell’s book Outliers; you need 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to achieve mastery in any field. Gladwell based this idea off a research study of musicians. The original researcher…

  2. Written by Kaitlyn Fleigle of Maryville University As we all know, actuarial science requires a high level of mathematical and analytical skills. However, I have recently realized the extent that other skills play in the success of an actuarial candidate – namely technical and soft skills. Typically, technical skills may come easier than soft skills for…

  3. Written by Bryce Peterson of the University of Michigan There are many important decisions that you, a student actuary, will make in your journey to a successful actuarial career. Among these are which school to attend, which society to pursue credentials with, and which companies to apply to. However, one of the most important choices a young…

  4. Written by Shambhu Rajeev of Binghampton University The basis of communication and learning is asking meaningful questions and seeking rich answers. We do this every day in many forms, explicitly and implicitly, whether that is by asking direct questions to other people or doing a quick online search or even looking inward and questioning ourselves….

  5. What is the risk of autonomous cars?

    Written by Angela Fang, Officer of the Actuarial Science Club at the University of Texas in Austin The level of autonomy increases in vehicles as technology and time advances. Some of your vehicles may already come equipped with automated features, such as cruise control, lane-centering, and collision avoidance. Eventually, maybe in ten years, cars with full autonomy…

  6. Written by Byron Brane, Vice President of the Actuarial Society at the University of South Florida “I chose a half measure, when I should have gone all the way.” -Mike Ehrmantraut, Breaking Bad Often in our exam preparation, we will seek out the advice of others who have already passed. When I was studying for exam P/1,…

  7. Written by Shambhu Rajeev If you are a full-time college student like myself, you are probably already familiar with the expression “there are not enough hours in the day.” I confess that up until recently, I also wholeheartedly accepted this as a fact of life. I mean, how could I possibly find enough time to…

  8. Written by Karen Liu As a senior looking back at my college career, the one piece of advice I would tell all the underclassman is that being involved will only benefit you. Whether it’s becoming more involved with professional organizations, social organizations, or both, they will make your college experience more enjoyable and even help you…

  9. Written by Anthony Van Dyke I started my professional career with an internship in the IT department at Amway, a direct selling manufacturing company. When I accepted the position, I envisioned a career in IT and business. However, exposure to the actuarial sciences at college gave me newfound interest in a career pathway I had…

  10. Written by Jacob Langerman The holidays, a time of year accompanied by friends and family that you seldom have the privilege of spending time with. However, seeing your loved ones and dearest friends often means hearing some form of the question, “How is everything going in school, and what do you plan on doing when…