Part I 
Saturday, April 1, 2006, 07:04 PM
Dating (and I mean socially, not back-dating policies) is an extremely scary thing. More so as an actuary then any other. Of course, when dating, the most common question is: "What do you do?" And when you say: "I'm studying Actuarial Studies" the prospective partner immediately steps back and looks a little stunned.

my computer science geek friend who reviewed what I wrote looked incredulous at this point but hey, we are soooooooo way up computer science geeks on the social ladder of things, and trust me, I know what I'm talking about being a computer science major as well

The most common replies are:
- "Oh wow, you must be smart!"
- "You must be really good at maths..."
- "What is an actuary?"

What on earth do I say to that?
- "No sorry, I'm actually failing and any modicum of intelligence I used to possess has disappeared after I face the textbook and try to memorise annuity formulas"
- "Good at maths? I quit my maths major and this is nothing like the beauty of pure mathematics, it's all a hack!"

So of course, you cast your eyes down, demurely modest and say "Oh, no not really!" and hopefully the prospective partner might actually believe you.

Honestly, just maybe, the real question is 'Who am I as an actuary?' I don't really know. After 3 painful long years all I know is that I'm not as smart as I used to think I was. I no longer have an interest in or have shown any real aptitude for mathematics. But I know that next time someone does ask me out and asks me "What do you do?" - I'll just say "Why don't you talk about you?"


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Hello World 
Saturday, April 1, 2006, 04:08 AM
Hello World

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