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September Member of the Month: Yi Yuan

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Name: Yi Yuan
Hometown: Jinan, Shandong Province, China
Major: Actuarial Science
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2022

What made you interested in Actuarial Science?
I came to realize that I am interested in Actuarial Science major during my senior year of high school. I found out that I am so interested in Calculus after taken the AP-calculus class in Hinsdale Central High School. The process of thinking a problem inspired me so much! Also, I enjoy the experience when having a group discussion to share different perspectives. My high school math teacher mentioned this major to me. After completed some research about this major, I am totally convinced that it could be the right fit for me! I believe Actuarial Science is an amazing major that can predict the future and can always challenge myself in the future!

Who has influenced you most in life?
My mom has influenced me the most in life. Growing up in a family that both of my parents are professors in Shandong University, China, I was immersed in a high academic environment. No matter what had happened in the past, my mom was always by my side. She taught me to pursue what I am truly passionate about; she asked me to share the love with the people I know; she cheered me up whenever I failed. She seems like my mom, but also my best friend in the life-long journey.


Favorite place to eat on campus? 
Lai Lai Restaurant. It is definitely a place that reminds my hometown. The taste of all the Chinese food in the restaurant is almost exactly the same as the food my mom made. It is a feeling of family and belongings!

If you were stranded on an island, what is one musician or band you listen to to maintain your sanity? 
If I were stranded on an island, I would listen to LangLang, a pianist’s music. Peaceful music can remind me lots of sweet memories and cheer me up!

What are some of your future goals that you hope to achieve in life?
1. I hope I could always pursue what I am truly love and passionate about.
2. I want to be an actuary! Always be responsible and efficient while working.
3. After starting to earn money from working at a company, I want to take my parents to travel all over the world, just like what they did to me when I was little.
4. I always want to be optimistic and bring happiness to more people!
 

Casey Tan