Senior Rachel Ramirez does not settle for average – in fact she has nearly a perfect GPA and has earned the Dean’s list recognition each semester during her time at TCU – she has also been recognized as a TCU Scholar (4.0 GPA) several semesters. The mathematics major with an actuarial science concentration, will graduate this December and begin working in the actuarial world.
Ramirez is originally from the Mansfield/Arlington area, and learned about TCU’s academic prestige by living in the metroplex. She knew the institution would provide a great environment for her to begin her studies and prepare for a career in actuarial mathematics. Ramirez was awarded the Faculty Scholarship to TCU, a competitive scholarship award for incoming students. This award ultimately sealed her decision to attend.
Ramirez balances her time between commuting to TCU, classes, involvement with the National Mathematics Honor Society: Pi Mu Epsiolon, studying and major-related programming such as the “Actuarial Talks” hosted by the Department of Mathematics. Susan Staples, associate professor and director of the Actuarial Program, coordinates these events and has served as Ramirez’ mentor throughout college.
“Dr. Staples is my academic advisor, but she has also helped guide me through everything that you must tackle on the actuarial concentration,” Ramirez said. “The actuarial program has strict timelines, events, and the classes are rigorous.”
“The program may scare some people due to the rigor of the actuarial exam process, but I think the degree prepares you for more than only a career as an actuary,” Ramirez said. “The critical and analytical thinking skills that you develop in this program prepare you for any related career.”
Over the summer, Ramirez interned with National Life Group in Fort Worth, where she experienced the day-to-day role of an actuary, collaborated with other interns across varying departments, and attended informational lunch and learn talks that focused on different aspects of how the company functions internally. At the end of the summer, all of the interns from across the nation met at National Life Group’s headquarters in Vermont to participate in a cross-sectional companywide project. It was here that Ramirez was named the “Intern of the Year” out of 42 summer interns. Ramirez was offered a full-time position by National Life Group, which she will begin after graduation.
“Rachel’s preparation of meticulous notes, and her attention to detail in all her academic endeavors has served her well in the demanding actuarial degree program,” Staples said. “The kindness and support she shows fellow students and the sincerity with which she pursued her studies was remarkable. We were not surprised to learn that she had been selected for a prestigious internship award.”
Although Ramirez juggles many commitments in preparation to graduate a semester early, she has managed to meet many of her personal academic goals through her dedication to studying and preparing for classes. She was actively involved in actuarial events, and she made time to attend the on-campus Career Expos and other career-oriented events.
“I have achieved my goals academically, but also prepared myself for the career I want. A math degree is pretty hard to get through, so you really have to push through and reach for the opportunities you want,” Ramirez said. “I am proud of my determination and pressing through.”