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Old 06-09-2004, 04:25 PM
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Is anyone one out there who has competed for the U.S.A.M.O. (USA mathematical olympiad) and/or was selected for IMO?
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I'd hope anyone smart enough to make it that far wouldn't become an actuary.
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Putnam.

Sadly, Vern you are wrong.

Edit: By Putnam I meant that the Putnam is THE exam to do good on.
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I'd hope anyone smart enough to make it that far wouldn't become an actuary.
Vern, you are wrong, and I am NOT sad about it. I am living proof. I have competed in the USAMO and the IMO, and spent parts of three summers at the Math Olympiad Program.

Are you asking because of the DC thing? I didn't find out in time to plan, but my wife and I hope to go next year.

I am also a Putnam Fellow.
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Vern, you are wrong, and I am NOT sad about it. I am living proof.
Do you mean that you are a living proof?
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I'd hope anyone smart enough to make it that far wouldn't become an actuary.
Vern, you are wrong, and I am NOT sad about it. I am living proof.
Do you mean that you are a living proof?
Perhaps a living counterexample would be a better way of saying it.
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I'd hope anyone smart enough to make it that far wouldn't become an actuary.
Vern, you are wrong, and I am NOT sad about it. I am living proof.
Do you mean that you are a living proof?
Perhaps a living counterexample would be a better way of sayint it.
Point taken, as you wouldn't want to drown in the pudding!
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Vern, you are wrong, and I am NOT sad about it. I am living proof. I have competed in the USAMO and the IMO, and spent parts of three summers at the Math Olympiad Program.

Are you asking because of the DC thing? I didn't find out in time to plan, but my wife and I hope to go next year.

I am also a Putnam Fellow.
If you participated in IMO, you must be really really smart, my question is how do you find the Actuarial Exams? Do you find them as challenging?
Why didn't you choose to do research in Math, as most of the IMO winners do?
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Vern, you are wrong, and I am NOT sad about it. I am living proof. I have competed in the USAMO and the IMO, and spent parts of three summers at the Math Olympiad Program.

Are you asking because of the DC thing? I didn't find out in time to plan, but my wife and I hope to go next year.

I am also a Putnam Fellow.
If you participated in IMO, you must be really really smart, my question is how do you find the Actuarial Exams? Do you find them as challenging?
Why didn't you choose to do research in Math, as most of the IMO winners do?
A roommate got me involved. The memorization ones were challenging. The mathematics is pretty easy.

[arrogant mode]The mathematics is a complete joke. I got my ASA in 1 year (November/February/May/November) back when it only required the 100 series and got a 10 on each exam. I got a 10 on my first try at 6 and an 8 on my first try at 8V without breathing hard. Course 5 was another story (passed 2nd try, 5 on 1st try).[\arrogant mode]

I'm not sure that "most" of the IMO winners end up doing research, actually... there's a website that has info on a lot of prior MOPers.

As for me, I wanted to be out in the "real world". I have a PhD in Operations Research. My thinking was that of the following choices:

(a) Write obscure papers that would be useful 200 years from now
(b) Teach and find out what great things my students were doing 20 years from now
(c) Go into the real world and be able to point to what I did 2 weeks ago

I'd rather go with (c), although (b) and (a) are possibilities somewhere down the line. I do have the credentials to go back to academia, just not really the desire right now.
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As for me, I wanted to be out in the "real world". I have a PhD in Operations Research. My thinking was that of the following choices:

(a) Write obscure papers that would be useful 200 years from now
(b) Teach and find out what great things my students were doing 20 years from now
(c) Go into the real world and be able to point to what I did 2 weeks ago
I am in a dilemma whether to go for P&C or life, i don't have a clear picture as to what kind of challenges actuaries face in P&C side, although i know it is more rigorous mathematically(or is it not?)... Anyway i am a usamo winner but did not participate in IMo.
Which side (Life or P&C) would you advise people who mainly seek mathematical aspects of Actuarial scicence?

"there's a website that has info on a lot of prior MOPers"
What is the website?
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