Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Second Semester in Taylor's!!! (Part 2)

Well, I have to admit that it’s been a long time since my last update, so receive my apologies everyone! That’s why I have a lot to tell you guys here! =p 
Since the first week of college, everything is so messed up, especially the Casa bus schedule. Last year, there were buses every single hour heading back to Casa from college(1.30pm-6.30pm, last bus be 9pm), but now there are only three buses available for all the scholars living in Casa. Yes, 3 buses (2.30pm, 4.15pm/5.30pm/6pm and the last one be 7.30pm). As my classes end at 4pm from Monday to Wednesday, I have to wait for the second bus and disappointing enough, the bus never failed to crash my hopes into pieces cause the bus never came. It’s been the same situation for the past few weeks, and I’m pretty sure that I took either cab or public bus back to Casa most of the time, fortunately enough shared the cost with my friends. I would talk to the person in charge sooner or later, and hopefully it could be better. 
Besides, I definitely need to plan my time wisely as AS exam is coming up around May, with just few months left before trial. Concurrently, I’m planning to study for STEP papers just for the sake of interest, as well as building my solid foundation in Maths, or perhaps as a preparation for Oxford application this year. I’m planning to apply for Maths and Statistics in Oxford as my last slot in UCAS application this year, with the other four be Actuarial Science in City(Cass Business School), LSE, Warwick(MMORSE) and Heriot-Watt. I was really lucky to have found my senior studying Maths & Stats in Oxford whom can give me guidances about the application process, though she did her application approximately three years ago. Anyhow, she gave me quite a lot of information and thanks to her that I realised that I need to practice STEP past years papers just to get a hang of it. Wish me luck everyone! =) 
Besides, I’m really lucky for having a few classmates who are really enthusiastic in Maths, and they are planning to participate in various Maths competitions this year such as Australian Maths Competition (AMC), Olympiad Maths Competition (OMC) and Canadian Maths Competition (Euclid). Thus, I have to practice lots of exercises as well just to get myself well prepared for these competitions. See, that’s the reason why I desperately need a study timetable to spend my time wisely, distributing my time equally for AS revision, STEP and Maths competitions practices. Going to plot it soon, I mean it! =p 
Oh yeah, I’m really glad to know that I have BNM juniors studying at Taylor’s! At least for now I knew one of them, Kiesha Ooi, who is studying Cambridge A-Levels now and going to pursue Economics in the UK, in September 2012! Same time with me I know. =p But the issue that made me envious over her is that, she got the opportunity that I’ve been craving for such a long time, which is to stay at MyPlace instead of Casa. I prefer Myplace, for it’s really near to the college, and I don’t have to wake up that early every morning just to catch the Casa bus. I could wake up at 7.30am yet able to make it to 8am class.
Plus, I could spend more time in the library/study room revising and practicing everything that I ought to, instead of wasting 30 minutes at least stuck in the traffic jam everyday, on the two-way journey between Casa and Taylor’s. So pissed off! =.= I can write a whole long essay on disadvantages of staying at Casa, which I’m not going to do so here cause I love my readers and appreciate them so much! =p 
Alright, that’s all for now! Happy Chinese New Year everyone by the way! May you all have a prosperous year ahead, with many awesome things coming your way! =D 


  1. hey. i plan to take actuarial science too but i am so afraid i'll not make it. it's known that the qualifications paper are tough like gorilla nuts. i'm just wondering, u know, if we dont pass the qualifications paper, would an acturial degree allow us to do other things or would i be stuck with the degree until i pass my qualifications? ur answer will definitely be helpful to someone who is indecisive but love maths like me!

  2. Hey Andrew! Good to know someone who is interested in Actuarial Science too. I don't think there's anyone who doesn't feel afraid at all regarding matters on actuarial exams.

    It's true that those papers are tough, but if you've a very deep passion in it and willing to spend most of your time studying, resisting temptations against your other peers who are relaxing most of the time, I'm sure you will pull it through some day!

    Actuarial Science degree doesn't matter much actually, so you probably want to take MBA after that, regardless of whether you could pass the exams or not.

    Degree in Act.Sci in the US doesn't matter much since it doesn't give any exemptions but only adequate preparations for preliminary exams (SOA or CAS).

    However, you might want to check out degree in Actuarial Science in the UK or other universities like NTU (Singapore) and Macquarie (Australia), etc, cause you might gain exemptions from the Institute of Actuaries(UK) of maximum number of 8 Core Technical papers.


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