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Jimmy (Du) Liu, Bachelor of Actuarial Studies

Jimmy (Du) Liu

Bachelor of Actuarial Studies

Jimmy (Du) Liu is in his final semester of a Bachelor of Actuarial Studies and is looking forward to further research that combines his skills in economics, business and statistics.

What are you studying, and why did you choose this degree?

I chose to study a Bachelor of Actuarial Studies as it combines economics, business, finance and, most importantly, statistics. It allows me to see the wide application of statistics in the real world and gives me a solid foundation to pursue a career in research. Computer programming is also introduced in many courses and has made me realise how powerful computers are, and developed my interest in computer science.

How are you finding your studies so far?

Great! The lecturers are friendly while also being active in the frontiers of research. Actuarial Techniques (STAT3038) is one of my favourite courses. It allows me to apply theories in practice and gives me a sense of appreciation for how complex the world is and how useful the theories are. Being in my final semester, the courses are challenging but people like me enjoy being challenged from time to time.

What is the best thing about studying at ANU?

ANU is a research-led university. The lecturers are actively involved in research and there are opportunities to get a taste of research.

A lot of the world’s leading minds visit the ANU. For example, Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz visited the campus last year and gave a lecture to economics students.

What are your career goals?

I plan to do research in an Honours degree next year, and then to get some industry experience. I plan to keep learning, as my education here at the ANU makes me feel that I’m interested in everything.

Do you live on campus? If so, how do you find this experience?

Yes, I live in UniLodge. It’s just so convenient and it makes my life easier during the transition to university life. It also has great facilities such as the study room, common area and BBQ site!

If you don’t live on campus, do you have a favourite spot at ANU where you like to hang out?

The path along the stream to Lake Burley-Griffin is beautiful and quiet. Union Court is also great. It has lots of food, restaurants, specialty coffee and there’s always music around. I usually grab my lunch in Union court.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your study? Are you involved in any sports, societies or student clubs?

I enjoy making friends and talking to different people. I also enjoy Toastmaster Club, which is one of the best places for people to practice public speaking. I like a lot of sports, but due to time constraints I’m only doing running this year. I’m planning to join a running club here.

What is your favourite thing about Canberra?

Canberra has great coffee and lots of nice running tracks. It makes my life peaceful and more focused.

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