Waiting for Exam Results: Movie Time – A Man Escaped

Waiting for Exam Results: Movie Time - A Man Escaped
Between exams is movie time. I watch movies. I listen to movie podcasts. My taste in movies is wide ranging. I enjoy frivolous movies like Good Burger and Pacific Rim. I enjoy heavy movies like Sunset Boulevard and Wild Strawberries. This week I saw Robert Bresson’s A Man Escaped from 1956. The plot of the ...

Exam Passing Zone

Exam Passing Zone
All great stories have a setting.  The great stories use place as backdrop for action and character development.  When used effectively, the setting is as unforgettable as the characters. For example, is Into Thin Air the same book if it takes place in the prairie? Exhibit A: Exhibit B:   Setting is also important when you ...

Actuarial Startup

Anton over at Actuarial Startup has put together a good website relating to life as an actuary.  His blog covers such diverse elements as excel games, cold emails, and failing exams. He has a comprehensive list of actuarial links and resources. He also slaughters kobolds for experience points. He hopes to have enough XP to ...

Lesson from Boxing: Exam Success Through Purposeful Practice

One of the weapons that Mike Tyson brought in to the ring was the “right hook to the body”/”right uppercut to the head.”  This youtube clip is two minutes of Tyson ripping into people. Look at the speed. Look at the precision. He hammers the best boxers in the world. They’ve all seen the tape. ...

Understand the Situation

Understand the Situation
A friend of mine was backpacking in the mountains. Early one morning, he was hiking a trail that lead to a stream. The scene was breathtaking.  Snow capped mountains overlooked the stream.  The only sounds were birdsongs and the flowing stream. No sign of human touch cluttered his view.  The clean outdoors extended before him ...

Lessons from Boxing: Studying for Actuarial Exams Requires Feedback

Lessons from Boxing: Studying for Actuarial Exams Requires Feedback
Few activities give immediate feedback like boxing. If your hands drop while you are throwing punches, you will catch a fist in the head. Your long term health depends on taking corrective action. For example, here is a gif from a fight between Mike Tyson and Jose Ribalta. It’s safe to say that Mr. Ribalta’s ...

Should I major in Actuarial Science?

The short answer is: “I don’t care; it’s your money.” Because that answer is unhelpful, I will expand. Majoring in Actuarial Science (Act Sci) has two major advantages: easier job networking and good exam support. Job networking starts before you graduate.  When the big actuarial firms come to campus, they will definitely communicate with the Act Sci ...
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