Sorry I know there are already so many threads on this topics but I've got a few questions I can't seem to find clear answers to and would appreciate any thoughts, especially from those taking Actuarial Studies or a similar degree

For context, I'm a 2023 HSC student studying maths ext 2 (among other subjects obviously). I accelerated maths extension 1 last year and received an E4. I really enjoy doing maths - especially the questions in olympiad-style problem solving (eg. UNSW maths competition, Tournament of Towns etc.) I've been considering different options for university and have largely been considering maths and computer science courses, but today a teacher at my school recommended I look into actuarial studies.

I guess my questions in relation to Actuarial Studies are as follows:

I've heard that the math in Actuarial Studies is very challenging, but I'm curious about exactly what that means. Does that mean that there's heaps of content, or that the questions require a lot of ingenuity? I anticipate that to a large extent both probably apply, but which one really accounts for the challenging nature of the course? I ask the question because, as hinted to earlier, the "ingenuity" bit is what I really enjoy about maths. If you're willing to spend the time, it might also be nice to see an example of a 'hard actuarial studies maths question' along with an explanation of how you would work it out - I'm sure I won't understand all of it, but at least I can get a feel for why it was difficult.

I'm not really looking to work as an actuary or similar profession, and really am considering this course for the maths, with the other things coming as an added bonus. Should I rather be looking at like a maths degree? I guess my question comes down to: Is Math in actuarial studies harder/better than math in a math course?

Thanks so much for the help - sorry this has been such a long post

For context, I'm a 2023 HSC student studying maths ext 2 (among other subjects obviously). I accelerated maths extension 1 last year and received an E4. I really enjoy doing maths - especially the questions in olympiad-style problem solving (eg. UNSW maths competition, Tournament of Towns etc.) I've been considering different options for university and have largely been considering maths and computer science courses, but today a teacher at my school recommended I look into actuarial studies.

I guess my questions in relation to Actuarial Studies are as follows:

I've heard that the math in Actuarial Studies is very challenging, but I'm curious about exactly what that means. Does that mean that there's heaps of content, or that the questions require a lot of ingenuity? I anticipate that to a large extent both probably apply, but which one really accounts for the challenging nature of the course? I ask the question because, as hinted to earlier, the "ingenuity" bit is what I really enjoy about maths. If you're willing to spend the time, it might also be nice to see an example of a 'hard actuarial studies maths question' along with an explanation of how you would work it out - I'm sure I won't understand all of it, but at least I can get a feel for why it was difficult.

I'm not really looking to work as an actuary or similar profession, and really am considering this course for the maths, with the other things coming as an added bonus. Should I rather be looking at like a maths degree? I guess my question comes down to: Is Math in actuarial studies harder/better than math in a math course?

Thanks so much for the help - sorry this has been such a long post

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