If you'd like to contribute to an early birthday gift for me, this is the way to do it!
WHAT IS AN ACTUARY?
My funny definition: someone who takes a series of difficult tests to do complicated math all day. In actuality, actuaries assess risk and solve a whole lot of day-to-day, behind-the-scenes problems so you don't have to.
WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO BECOME AN ACTUARY?
I like a good challenge. I miss solving problems. I want a safe and steady career; I'm in the midst of a career change out of social services and want to go back to my "first love", mathematics. I've studied actuarial science before at the graduate level and believe I am in a better place to succeed now.
WHAT EXACTLY ARE YOU STUDYING FOR?
I'm studying for what's called Exam P, where P stands for probability. It is generally the first actuarial exam someone takes before they enter the field. If you've ever taken a college statistics course, it's like that math but on majorly illegal steroids.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU PASS THE EXAM?
I apply for an actuarial internship somewhere and - you guessed it - continue taking more exams. Exam P is just the beginning!
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL?
Snacks. Lots of scratch paper. About 600+ hours of study. And the following:
- ACTEX Study Bundle - $225
- Approved calculators - $60
- Registration for the exam itself - $225
- Other textbooks and solutions manuals - $300 (Not included in new estimate.)
- The Infinite Actuary online course - $400 (Not included in new estimate.)
That comes to a total of $510. Will you help me reach it?
WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH YOUR BIRTHDAY?
I want study materials for my birthday, frankly. Unfortunately I can't wait until my actual birthday to launch a crowdfunding campaign for the required materials. I want to begin studying now, during the summer, which means putting it out there as a birthday request now. I am hoping with a group effort to achieve this - as they say, many hands make light work. Except I'll be the only one studying and taking the exam - so much for convenient sayings. :)
SOME THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
I will need support all along the way here, not just at the beginning while I gather my resources. Studying requires that one give up their social life, give up their free time, and make other sacrifices in order to pass this exam. This is no small undertaking. ANY support is appreciated! Monetary and otherwise! Thank you!