Student Profile:
Michael O’Connell ‘16

Why did you choose Siena College?

I knew that I wanted to do something that involved mathematics and I was very interested in the idea of actuarial science. Ultimately, I chose Siena College because a friend of mine, who graduated in 2013, referred me to the College and specifically told me to look into the actuarial science program. I took a tour of Siena and I absolutely loved the campus.

What is your major?

I am an actuarial science and mathematics double major. My original major was actuarial science and then I added on a mathematics degree during my sophomore year. I chose actuarial science because I enjoyed mathematics and finance. Then, I was not completely sure that I wanted to pursue being an Actuary, so I added on a mathematics degree because a lot of the courses overlapped. I just completed my first actuarial science exam and I hoping to find a job within that field.

What has been your most meaningful experience at Siena?

My most meaningful experience at Siena has been my role as a Resident Assistant for the past three years. I have worked with multiple class years here at Siena and I have gotten to see first-hand the unique community that Siena creates. Students genuinely care about one another and my favorite thing is Siena’s unspoken rule. The unspoken rule is that people hold doors for each other no matter how large the distance may be. Furthermore, my role as a Resident Assistant has allowed me to work with many different offices at Siena and I have met so many great people. It is definitely an experience that has helped me grow and one that I will never forget.

How has your study abroad experience impacted your time at Siena?

I studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland during the spring of my junior year at Siena. I took core classes as well as some courses that counted towards my major. The biggest lesson I learned from my experience really stems from figuring out who I am as a person. Studying abroad helped me to gain more independence and confidence to tackle life after college. My experience really helped me to grow as an individual and to learn some great life skills. I would recommend studying abroad to anyone who has the chance to. It is something that I will never forget and something that has further shaped who I am as I prepare to leave Siena.

What has been your favorite class so far at Siena and why?

My favorite class so far at Siena has been either MATH 470, Mathematical Statistics or QBUS 480, Mathematics of Finance. Both courses were taught by Dr. John O’Neill. These courses were both difficult and they challenged me to provide my best work. Both of the courses are either required or recommended for the actuarial science major. It was within these courses that I developed an appreciation and love for the subject of actuarial science.

Michael O’Connell ‘16

Michael O'Connell

Class of 2016

Actuarial Science and Mathematics Major

Marlborough, CT