Pamela Castricone is a senior Mathematics major from Strongsville, Ohio. Although Pam says that she always liked math, she did not come to John Carroll planning to be a math major. “But,” she says, “my math classes gave me the challenge that I was looking for. It was more rewarding than my other classes, and I wanted a degree that would set me apart.”

About her decision to attend JCU, Pam says that she was struck by the strong sense of community. “Although every college I visited had strong academics,” Pam says, “I just knew that JCU would be the best fit for me.” Pam’s favorite classes at JCU have been Dr. Tom Short’s Probability and Statistics and Applied Statistics classes, because “in statistics you get to apply mathematical ideas to real world problems.”

During the past summer, Pam had an internship at the Cleveland office of Towers Watson, a leading global financial advising firm specializing in actuarial consulting. In her internship, Pam learned about the actuarial profession by analyzing various types of retirement plans.

Pam’s background in probability and statistics helped her to pass “Exam P,” the first in the sequence of actuarial exams leading to the prestigious Fellowship in the Society of Actuaries. She is now preparing to take the second exam, on Financial Management (“Exam FM”).

While not working or studying, Pam can be found tutoring students in the JCU Mathematics Tutoring program, or teaching group ice skating and figure skating classes at two local ice rinks. She is also a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, the Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society and the Christian Life Community at JCU. A member of the Honors Program at JCU, Pam also serves as a coordinator of the Student Honors Advisory Council, which plans cultural events for Honors Program students.

With her strong background in statistics, her internship experience, and her progress in the actuarial exams, Pam has already been offered–and has accepted–a full-time position as an Actuarial Analyst with Towers Watson, which she will begin after graduation in May.