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Old 09-11-2012, 12:40 AM   #1
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Still up at 1:40am figuring out these ****ing derivatives.

WTF am I doing pursuing an MS in Financial Mathematics at Daniels College of Business?

This degree is going to cost $74,000, and I've always been an academic allstar, but now it seems I'm falling behind.

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Old 09-11-2012, 12:47 AM   #3
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On a more serious note, the reason you're having a crisis of confidence is because it's difficult and you're challenging yourself. Dig deep and work harder, that's what higher education's all about.
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Always remember young grasshopper, Josh McDaniels was a math major.
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Always remember young grasshopper, Josh McDaniels was a math major.
Wow good thing I majored in International Relations and Economics.
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This is actually a picture of Sally Mae and associates... hard at work counting compounded student loan interest profit.
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Just think, you have a very mediocre paying job and years of paying off loans waiting for you!
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Still up at 1:40am figuring out these ****ing derivatives.

WTF am I doing pursuing an MS in Financial Mathematics at Daniels College of Business?

This degree is going to cost $74,000, and I've always been an academic allstar, but now it seems I'm falling behind.

Need encouragement.
Just follow the steps on how to do it and practice. You'll get it.

The derivative of X squared is 2x. If you know that and I am sure you do, you can figure out anything.
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:38 AM   #11
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This is actually a picture of Sally Mae and associates... hard at work counting compounded student loan interest profit.
Only on loans they originated which they haven't been able to do since 2008. Now they are only a loan servicer.
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:45 AM   #13
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Yet another career student.....

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This. Just call Lindsey Vonn's brother and ask him what he would do.
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:02 AM   #15
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Still up at 1:40am figuring out these ****ing derivatives.

WTF am I doing pursuing an MS in Financial Mathematics at Daniels College of Business?

This degree is going to cost $74,000, and I've always been an academic allstar, but now it seems I'm falling behind.

Need encouragement.
As someone who works in financial services, I suggest you reroute your degree to either accounting or law. Once you get your first job, get your CFA designation. The way the industry is going now, you'll have a job for life that way. Otherwise get used to layoffs at every blimp in market, or learn to feel up grandmothers to churn thier IRAs for a living.

What kind of derivatives are you having problems with?
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:23 AM   #16
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I suggest you consider a career in white collar crime. Highly lucrative. And remember, no one has gone to jail in the Lehman bankruptcy, proof positive that our system works. Lehman had $613 billion in debt at the time of it's filing. Think how quickly you could pay off that $74K. Possible role model: Jaime Diamond.

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Old 09-11-2012, 06:29 AM   #17
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On a more serious note, the reason you're having a crisis of confidence is because it's difficult and you're challenging yourself. Dig deep and work harder, that's what higher education's all about.
This.

Create a positive reinforcement cycle. Tell yourself you can do it, that you just need to work harder, then do it, then see the good results, cycle and repeat. If you should have a rough stretch, know that it's not because you aren't adequate but that you just need to work harder. It's really as simple as that!
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:02 AM   #21
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:07 AM   #22
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getting a masters sucks, not only did my loans interest skyrocket, i still make less than a lot of entry level bachelor jobs.
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:18 AM   #23
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getting a masters sucks, not only did my loans interest skyrocket, i still make less than a lot of entry level bachelor jobs.
One of the reasons I can't **** or get off the pot on my decision to go to graduate school. School will always be there, but I have been trying to dial down my undergraduate debt as much as I can. Preferably, within the next 12-18 months, all my non-school debt will be paid off and I can strictly focus on school.

It has never been about the money to me, but I don't know if I want to go and get a Master's just to be able to teach. At best, I'd be doing entry-level courses at a school en route to a PhD, but I'm not sure 20k + is going to be worth it if I end up teaching high school civics and social sciences to make less money than I do with a Bachelor's now. Though, I enjoy that sort of environment a lot more.

At any case, MightySmurf -- proud of you for challenging yourself and furthering your schooling. A part of me regrets not going the engineering/computer science route because I was intimidated by mathematics and all that stuff. I did fine in math when I tried, but I never liked putting in the extra effort to get A's. Everything else in the world came easy to me but math. Sucks, cause my pops is a math whiz. Guess I got the stupid math gene.

Good luck to you, and EmpireOrange may have been a guiding light for you.

But follow your heart and bliss.

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Old 09-11-2012, 07:50 AM   #24
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What are you planning on doing with that masters degree OP?

actuary? CFA? trading?


Just curious. Seems like the actuary exams may be a good idea given the heavy math emphasis.

I've considered grad school myself, but I don't know for sure what I want to do so I made the decision to not take out more student loan debt for the time being. If I wasn't such a naive 18yo coming out of high school I would have picked a more practical undergrad degree like accounting/engineering/compsci, because when it all boils down a liberal arts undergrad is pretty worthless except for the fact that you learn how to learn, if that makes sense. I did look at getting a post-graduate accounting certificate, but after meeting with a counselor and finding out that program would actually take two years, I decided to just get a different job instead.


Either way, hang in there and best of luck in your education. It's a costly endeavor these days, so make the most of it!
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