1. Written by Alex Sabrowsky: As a kid, it was the one present I always wanted. Whether it was my birthday or Christmas, there was only one thing I truly ever wished for. The joy of hearing the distinct sound as I shake the box to confirm that once again, Santa came through for me. But the…

  2. Written by Daniel Slonim:  Preparing for actuarial exams is a marathon. You fit practicing into your normal daily routine during the months leading up to the exam. But in the last week or two of preparation, I have found it helpful to clear my schedule, buckle in, and spend as much time preparing for the…

  3. Written by Leo Bird I am writing this blog because I am surprised that more people haven’t tried interviewing other people and I find interviews interesting reads. This could help you better see what an interviewer is looking for.  Find a topic that you are curious about. Do you want to learn about study habits?…

  4. Written by Leo Bird: As I put my calculator cases, wallet, and phone into my locker, I wonder, should I review more? I cannot, since I do not have any study materials, so I enter my station with my 7.52 earned level on Adapt. I read a humorous news story earlier that day, which made…

  5. Written by Jessica Hoffman:  While most taking their first actuarial exam do so during their studies in college there are those of us who decide to take on the challenge while already in another career. I do have sympathy for those students juggling both college exams and the actuary exams; but working full-time presents on-going…

  6. In my presentation, Simply Unlocking, at the 2015 Valuation Actuary Symposium I started the development of an unlocking toolkit with a formula introduced by Bruce R. Darling in a 1992 issue of the Financial Reporter. Neither the article nor my presentation showed how to derive this “Cumulative Effect” formula. In Simply Unlocking, I introduced a…

  7. Written by Zach Steckler:  We’ve often been told that if at first we don’t succeed, we should try and try again. But what exactly is it that keeps us going? Well, my journey to becoming an actuary thus far has led me to believe that the key ingredients are passion, and understanding what didn’t go…

  8. Hello everyone! My name is Shaza Shams and I am a full-time undergraduate student of math and economics who is pursuing her actuarial dream.  Today I wanted to discuss an issue which many novice actuarial students face: the dilemma of deciding whether the best time to study for your actuarial exams is during the school…

  9. Written by Leo Bird: For today’s blog, I have chosen to interview my career counselor, Pat Kitzman, from Central College to answer some questions I had about careers. Q: What advice do you have acquiring an internship?  A: Think broadly about employers who might offer opportunities of interest to you. For actuarial internships, it’s likely going…

  10. Written by Allison Vognild:  Actuary exams were a foreign world to me when I began my sophomore year at the University of St. Thomas. Looking to change my major to something that showcased my math and analytical skills, I discovered that actuarial science was my new calling. However, I soon found out that I would…