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Meet the Actuarial Students

For the 2014-15 year, 116 students are registered in the Actuarial Science Program.  Read the Spring 2015 edition of Actualities, RMU’s Actuarial Science newsletter, for the latest information on student accomplishments on jobs and exams.

Here is what some of our students have to say  about RMU’s Actuarial Science Program:

Aaron Hartman

The decision to become an Actuarial Science major at Robert Morris was an easy one for me. First off, I was committed to the school because it met all of my requirements for a college I wanted to attend. The suburban setting with Pittsburgh being just a drive away was appealing as well as the Division I sports and the relatively small classes. As a Center of Actuarial Excellence, RMU met my final requirement as a school where I could be guaranteed to get a solid education.

The biggest benefit of the program is the faculty that works within it. They are very approachable and are interested in not only my coursework, but other extracurricular projects in which I am involved. The other huge benefit to this program is the emphasis on actuarial exams. I have passed four exams while in school, and this turned out to be a great benefit in the job search.

The bulk of my on-campus involvement revolves around the RMU band. I play in the marching band, the pep band, and the jazz band. Aside from band, I am involved with the honors program. I interned with Highmark and Northwestern Mutual over the past two summers. This provided me with real-world experience and a good look into what actuaries really do. After graduation, I'm planning on moving to Columbus, Ohio to work for Nationwide full time.

Looking back, making the decision to come to Robert Morris for Actuarial Science was among the best decisions I ever made. My college experience has been exceptional, and if I could do it all over again, I would not change anything.

Alysa Farabaugh

Though I chose Robert Morris because of its designation as a Center of Actuarial Excellence, there are numerous aspects of the program that set it apart from other actuarial programs.  Everyone involved in the program, whether it is your peers or your professors, is supportive and wants you to succeed.  The tight-knit actuarial community is something I believe is very unique to Robert Morris. 

This program has been instrumental in my ability to pass exams P and FM.  In addition to my passing two actuarial exams, I have also held internships at Cigna and Highmark, and have secured  full-time employment with Buck Consultants upon my graduation.  I have also been a member of the Club Soccer Team and the Actuarial Science Club, and have held a part-time position on campus at the Robert Morris Library.

Brian Murone

After looking at the Actuarial Science programs at many other schools, nothing really compared to the program here at Robert Morris.  Being involved with a program here that is so focused on preparing us to pass the actuarial exams, I find it hard to imagine being anywhere else.  The professors have been great teachers in the classroom and are always encouraging us to accomplish our goals.  With smaller class sizes, it’s easy to develop personal relationships with all of the professors.  The size of the school does not compromise the quality of the actuarial program though; Robert Morris has earned the distinction as a Center of Actuarial Excellence.  In my experience, the program has been nothing short of excellent.

Currently, I am a third year student and passed Exam P after my freshman year and Exam FM after my sophomore year.  I plan on sitting for Exam MLC soon.  After my sophomore year I was able to intern at Towers Watson in Arlington, VA and worked in retirement.  After my junior year I will be interning at Cigna in Philadelphia, PA, a position that I found at RMU’s Actuarial Career Day.  On campus I am a Community Advisor and a Colonial Ambassador.  I am also a member of the Honors Program, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Actuarial Science Club.  Between coursework, community advisor responsibilities, and studying for exams I enjoy staying involved with intramural sports and attending collegiate and professional sporting events.

Chad Bomberger

There are numerous colleges that offer a degree in Actuarial Science. However, Robert Morris ranks among the top ones, if not the very best. Choosing to attend RMU has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. The curriculum prepares students for the first five exams as well as providing a variety of  business and written/oral communication skills.  These help students to stand out in the crowd when seeking employment. The professors have actuarial credentials and industry experience and are able to teach the material from both an academic and practical viewpoint. In addition, the professors are friendly, easily approachable, and always have the time to take care of any of the students’ needs. There are also plenty of extra-curricular activities that students can pursue in their free time.

Currently, I am a senior majoring in actuarial science and finance. I have passed both P and FM after my freshman and sophomore year, respectively. I had an internship at MassMutual Financial Group in Springfield, Massachusetts after my sophomore year and an internship at New York Life Insurance Company in New York, New York after my junior year. Upon graduating, I will be working  full-time at New York Life. While at RMU I had the pleasure of holding presidency positions in the RMU Investment Club, Actuarial Science Club, and Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity.

I am excited for what the future may hold and know I can thank the teachers and staff members provided by Robert Morris University for that. 

Yves Justin Tiendrebeogo

Joining Robert Morris University is one of the smartest choices I have made in my educational journey. After only two semesters, RMU has been a wonderful experience. The Actuarial Science program is by far one of the best. The professors are helpful, accessible and very knowledgeable. The courses are amazingly designed to help students pass actuarial exams, develop strong business skills, and build effective communication abilities.

I am a rising senior majoring in Actuarial Science with a minor in Finance. I am originally from Burkina Faso, and consider myself very fortunate to be part of this wonderful school where everyone is welcoming and friendly. To me, RMU is a home away from home. Growing up, I became very fascinated with mathematics and always wanted to use my passion for numbers to make a difference in everyday life. As I learned about the actuarial profession, I quickly figured out that it is something I would love to do. Yet, I had to find a school that would put me on the right track to meet my goal.

RMU definitely turned out to be the perfect place for me. In addition to the challenging academic environment, there are tons of opportunities to get involved and everyone shares the enthusiasm and pride for the actuarial science program. Up to this point, I completed exam P and FM. I am sitting for exam MLC this spring. More importantly, I will be interning for Liberty Mutual Insurance this summer. Along with that, I was very honored to be one of the 42 students nationwide to be awarded the Actuarial Diversity scholarship. Honestly, it never ceases to amaze me how lucky I am to be attending a school that provides so much support. 

Lara Will

Before I chose to attend Robert Morris University, I was familiar with the success of the actuarial science program. However, I was not able to fully appreciate the program until I became a part of it. Every actuarial science professor I have interacted with has demonstrated a great concern for students’ academic and professional success. I believe this is one of the qualities that sets Robert Morris apart. The curriculum provides excellent preparation for the examination process while also introducing students to concepts that are relevant to the actuarial profession. I have no doubt that Robert Morris University was, and still is, the best place for me to continue my education.

During my time at Robert Morris, I have enjoyed taking advantage of the opportunities for student involvement on campus. I am a member of the University Honors Program, a peer mentor for the Actuarial Science club, and the math department assistant. I am also treasurer of my sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha. Thus far, I have passed Exam P and Exam FM, and I will sit for Exam MFE during my junior year. Through the Actuarial Career Fair hosted by RMU, I was fortunate to attain an internship, and I look forward to working for Towers Watson in Pittsburgh this summer.

Rob Dougher

I can look back on the last three years of my college career and say without hesitation that I would make the decision to attend Robert Morris University as an actuarial science major all over again. I was attracted to the program by the small class sizes and the individual attention that such a learning environment provides. The program's curriculum, which is structured to facilitate students in taking their first actuarial exam an entire year earlier than many other schools, was also enticing. 

I passed Exam P/1 in the spring of my freshman year. The following spring I passed Exam FM/2 before relocating to Hartford, CT for the summer to intern in the actuarial department at Voya Financial (formerly ING U.S.). Had I not had the chance to benefit from the coursework for Exam P/1 as early as I did, I doubt I would have procured the professional internship as early as the summer following my sophomore year.

I have now passed three exams (the third being Exam MFE/3F) and am looking forward to this upcoming summer for my next actuarial internship opportunity at MassMutual in Springfield, MA. I will be kicking off my senior year by sitting for Exam MLC in October. 

These actuarial-related matters may sound as if they have consumed the majority of my time, but  happily I can report that I have had no problem striking a balance. I serve as a freshman mentor and as a member of the university's honors program. I strongly encourage any prospective actuarial student to take advantage of the plethora of opportunities this institution offers.