In 35 days I will graduate from Towson University with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, with a concentration in Actuarial Science and Risk Management. For all you math-nerds out there that is approximately 862 hours from now—not that I’m counting!

I’m lucky to have this opportunity to reflect upon the many professional experiences I have had during my time at Towson University.  Each experience has helped me grow and advance in different ways.  Working for the Towson University Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI) has, without a doubt, had the biggest impact on my professional life. I feel that this internship has truly prepared me for life after graduation. Managing my time effectively, learning how to work with different personalities, and adapting to varying managerial styles have been among the biggest lessons I have learned.

Time Management

Time management is a lesson that is truly learned through real work experience. A student can learn time management in a classroom, but the true value doesn’t show until you have the opportunity to exercise that skill. Managing five classes and working up to 20 hours a week for RESI has helped me exercise my time management skills to the fullest and prepare me for the future—where I will be working full time and taking actuarial exams.

Working with Different Personalities

Learning how to work with different personalities is not just a useful skill for work, but a life skill. While you can choose who you spend your free time with, you cannot pick your coworkers. RESI has a wide range of people with different personalities and I truly enjoy working with every single one. Everyone is always very helpful, kind, and knowledgeable.

Varying Managerial Styles

I have had very different managers in my multiple internship work experiences at Towson. Some of my managers have been “directive”—telling me what to do and how to do it; some have preferred “discussing”—promoting interaction and critical thinking; and other managers have been “delegators”—assigning me tasks, then allowing me to work independently.  My experiences at RESI, TU Incubator (formerly TowsonGlobal), and Housing & Residence Life at Towson University have prepared me for whatever type of manager my next supervisor is—and I feel very fortunate to have that knowledge!

Molly Rozran had the unique experience of having worked in two units within the Towson University Division of Innovation and Applied Research. She began working at TU Incubator as a front desk assistant during her junior year at TU. Her desire to explore the similarities of mathematics and economics encouraged her move from TU Incubator to The Regional Economic Studies Institute. Molly graduated from Towson University in May 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics with a concentration in Actuarial Science and Risk Management.