CCNY Graduate Jean-Pierre Kassegne
Oct. 26, 2020
Jean-Pierre Kassegne graduated from CCNY in 2017 with a B.A. in pure mathematics. He is now working as an actuary with MetLife!
Hear about it from Jean-Pierre himself!
My name is Jean-Pierre Kodjo Kassegne and I completed my bachelor’s degree in Pure Mathematics from the City College of New York in 2017. I am currently working for MetLife as an actuary. I started my actuarial career right after graduation from the CCNY. During my time at CCNY, I knew what I wanted to do with my degree in mathematics which is becoming an actuary. Therefore, I took advantage of all the great resources provided by the math department that prepared me for my career.
In the summers of 2016 and 2017, I did the Rich Summer Internship with Prof. Alice Medvedev and Prof. Shirshendu Chatterjee where I picked up tremendous programming skills and learned how to become a careful thinker through rigorous proofs. The skills I acquired through the internships prepared me so well for my career.
With a major in Pure Math, we had a lot of elective courses. So, I used this opportunity to take classes in probability, statistics, financial mathematics, and programming. As a result, I started taking actuarial exams while I was at CCNY. I ended up passing the first three exams before graduation, which was a big factor in finding a job after graduation.
At MetLife, my daily work involves using the analytical and quantitative skills I developed from the CCNY. If I must redo it all over again, I won’t hesitate to choose the City College of New York. I am grateful for all the help I received during my time there. I want to take this opportunity to thank my friend Djiby Top, Prof. Christian Wolf, Prof. Alice Medvedev, Prof. Shirshendu Chatterjee, Prof. Joseph Bak, Prof. Jay Jorgenson and many others for all the support and advice. A special thanks to Jason Redman who is always available for guidance. I learned about internships and scholarship opportunities through him. To any CCNY math student who wants to become an actuary, do not hesitate to reach out via LinkedIn.