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Old 09-05-2016, 03:08 PM
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I know someone who did that - he went to a state school, because he lived at home, not in a dorm. Who wants a 14-year-old living with 18-22-yr-olds?

He went to Harvard for his PhD for math, which is what counts. If you're an academic, nobody cares what undergrad institution you went to.

Actually, in general, nobody really cares about your undergrad. Not as much as you, at any rate.
That's pretty much what happened to me. The high school I went to made us dual enroll full-time, so we only had college courses since 10th grade. Thus for three years we had only college and the freedom to choose our majors. After three years, high school graduation, I was close my degree and so they offered me one more year to stay just to finish it.

I think college is college, at least at the undergraduate level, and I wouldn't have learned any more undergrad math in an Ivy League compared to my school. Plus no student loans/debts is a plus.

I'm currently waiting to hear back from three positions, already interviewed via phone. If I don't get into any of the three, I'll most likely take my GRE General and Subject Math and look into going to PhD. I'm already switching my studying from Exam 3/MFE to GRE Math.
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Old 09-05-2016, 03:11 PM
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From what I can tell, OP probably intentionally told the interviewers he/she was 18. It definitely sounds cool to tell people you're 18 and graduated college right?
I normally tell them during the phone interview stage. When they mention my lack of internships/experience in the interview, I bring up that I would've only been 16 or 17 when I was eligible to intern. I don't tell them that as an excuse but just so they're aware. It's then when they ask me how old I am to which I say 18.

I didn't mention my age in this round of applications, however. Hopefully something'll change.
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Old 09-05-2016, 03:13 PM
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OP, what extra-curriculars and/or jobs did you do during college, or did you solely focus on your academics?

Do you find yourself having trouble coming up with examples for the "tell me about a time when..." style questions?
No, behavioral questions are fine with me. I work as a tutor right now at my university and I've dealt with more than enough students to easily answer all of the "Tell me about when you've seen misconduct in the work place" or "Explaining something to someone who's not an expert."

While I was in school, however, I did soley focus on academia. I took 6 classes each semester to milk as much as I could. I don't regret it, especially since the clubs that were available to me in that status were pretty lame.
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No, behavioral questions are fine with me. I work as a tutor right now at my university and I've dealt with more than enough students to easily answer all of the "Tell me about when you've seen misconduct in the work place" or "Explaining something to someone who's not an expert."

While I was in school, however, I did soley focus on academia. I took 6 classes each semester to milk as much as I could. I don't regret it, especially since the clubs that were available to me in that status were pretty lame.
I hate questions that are like "Explain something to someone who's not an expert."

Okay, let me explain to you how to ask a question with enough detail to possibly give someone an inkling of an idea of the kind of answer you are looking for.

It's about as lazy as "Tell me something interesting."
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From what I can tell, OP probably intentionally told the interviewers he/she was 18. It definitely sounds cool to tell people you're 18 and graduated college right?


Makes me cringe just thinking about it
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No, behavioral questions are fine with me. I work as a tutor right now at my university and I've dealt with more than enough students to easily answer all of the "Tell me about when you've seen misconduct in the work place" or "Explaining something to someone who's not an expert."

While I was in school, however, I did soley focus on academia. I took 6 classes each semester to milk as much as I could. I don't regret it, especially since the clubs that were available to me in that status were pretty lame.
So you sound just like everyone else who posts threads like this in the careers forum: 2 exams, college degree, minimal work experience as a tutor doing the same thing as your college courses but no internship experience, or interesting extracurriculars or hobbies or leadership.

That resume goes in the mediocre pile with all the others.
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Go to grad school. Your overbearing parents didn't spend all that money on private tutoring, robbing you of your childhood while withholding their approval and love, so you can squander it on an actuarial career and not pursuing PhD.
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So you sound just like everyone else who posts threads like this in the careers forum: 2 exams, college degree, minimal work experience as a tutor doing the same thing as your college courses but no internship experience, or interesting extracurriculars or hobbies or leadership.

That resume goes in the mediocre pile with all the others.
This being said, it's not impossible to get a job out of the mediocre pile, it's just a lot harder.
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This being said, it's not impossible to get a job out of the mediocre pile, it's just a lot harder.
I am an example of that
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