Karl Boettcher Posted on October 26th, 2016 by

Photo of Karl BoettcherI initially took up Ancient Greek to fulfill a language credit while pursuing a Mathematics major and Computer Science minor at Gustavus. Ultimate goal: to become an actuary – consistently ranked as one of the 5 best occupations in the United States. I was instantly hooked on Classics with its complex language structures and incredible history. I finished with a Classics major on top of my intended major and minor. My first job landed me in the little-known field of catastrophe modeling, running statistical models to help insurance companies estimate losses from hurricanes, earthquakes, terrorism, etc. I am currently a Vice President at Willis Re and recently obtained my Associate designation with the Casualty Actuarial Society. My advice to students no matter their major: find an area of study that consistently challenges you to present arguments or ideas to your peers. For me, it was the wonderful topics and professors I found with my Classics major.


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