"The program went very well, for it being the first time we ever did it," said Parsa.
The presentation included introductions by Randall Blum, assistant dean of the College of Business and Public Administration, who offered tips on searching for a college. He advised students to choose a program that will allow them to start taking business courses and connect them to internships in their first year of school.
Within the heart of Des Moines, the second largest insurance center in the nation, Drake's program opens many doors to internship opportunities for actuarial science students.
"The point we were trying to get across is that Drake has a great program and it is right here in Des Moines," said Parsa.
Students also participated in a question-and-answer session with Paul Judd, Drake assistant professor of practice in statistics. Students asked questions on topics including:
- the difficulty of professional actuary exams
- the specific types of math involved
- the decision to study actuarial science
"Students were asking really good questions," said Brian Reece, who teaches math at the Academy at Central Campus. "The way I see it, even if two or three become interested in learning more about the program, the day was successful."
Judd also invited students to return to campus individually to meet with Drake professors, who can discuss the actuarial science program further with respect to students’ individual concerns and interests.
Parsa has plans to continue the program for Academy at Central Campus students. He also is organizing Drake student visits to Des Moines Area Community College to meet with potential transfer students.
"Often, students who excel at math aren't sure what they can do with that skill," Parsa said. "They are unaware that there are alternatives to the more common fields for math, such as engineering, but actuarial science is a constantly evolving field, which gives it a lot of appeal."