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Interview BY SOCIETY OF ACTUARIES ANDREW LIN became an FSA 17 days before his 21st birthday. As a result, he is the youngest ever FSA to date. Read his story and how he plans to make a difference in the actuarial industry. Q: Did you have career plans before de- ciding on an actuarial career? If so, what were they? A: I always wanted to find something that’s interesting and challenging, where I can apply my quantitative and analytical skills. The actu- arial career seemed to be a good choice, but I wasn’t really sure that I wanted to become an actuary when I started taking the exams. I just had some free time and I thought the material from the exams would be helpful to me in the future, regardless of what I would end up doing. After two internships, one in life insur- ance and one in annuities, I found that I really enjoyed that type of work, so I decided that is what I would do after college. Q: How did you become interested in an actuarial career? A: My uncle is an actuary, and he told me about the actuarial career back in high school. I always liked math and economics, 30 | THE ACTUARY | DECEMBER 2009/JANUARY 2010 THE YOUNGEST ACTUARY EVER (SO FAR!)
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so I started taking the exams even though I didn’t know I wanted to become an actu- ary. As I took more exams and learned
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