It's been our honor to serve as the President and Vice President of the Actuarial Science Club for the past year. We hope that we’ve succeeded in providing resources and helping to build an actuarial network for all students in Penn State’s Actuarial Science Program. Nothing that the club did this year would have been possible without a dedicated team of students working restlessly to put on a case competition, field trip, career fair, game night, bar crawl, and many other events! We’re thrilled to see that many of those individuals will be on the 2020 executive board, along with promising new talent! Best of luck to the new leadership team!
While many actuarial students become acquainted through classes, Penn State’s Actuarial Science Club sought to build camaraderie between all its members this year outside of the classroom as well. With this year’s new positions, Director and Assistant Director of Underclassmen Involvement, many fun events were implemented to involve all club members, especially freshmen. Some of these were onetime events, such as the meet-andgreet Creamery visit and Ultimate Frisbee game, while others occurred multiple times throughout the semester. The most frequent event to involve freshman has been the club’s Lunch with Leaders program. Every other week, multiple actuarial upperclassmen meet with a group of all freshmen to eat lunch while discussing the actuarial career. Often times, these lunches go beyond classes, but also include tips about passing exams, interviewing, obtaining internships, and other career advice. Additionally, actuarial professors have attended these lunches to engage with freshmen. These sessions not only introduce underclassmen to the older members of the club, but also establish friendships and resources for future questions about scheduling classes and passing exams. Each semester, the Underclassmen Involvement chairs also set up an Actuarial Science Club Game Night! This event had an attendance of 25-30 club members both semesters, and featured entertaining activities such as Scattergories and a custom made Jeopardy! game, complete with buzzers. Here, all students could compete with each other and enjoy time together, regardless of class level - not all the questions were about annuities! These game nights occurred at the end of the last two semesters and provided students with a night of fun and relaxation before finals week. These events will bond the Penn State actuarial community together for years to come!