Chelsea Hillenburg

Actuarial Science, Economics


Class Year: 2015

Current Position/Employer: Marketing Data and Analytics Strategy and Business Management Vice President, JP Morgan Chase

What was your favorite part of your program, actuarial science, at UE?

My absolute favorite part of the program was having a front-row seat to Professor Azarian's perfectly drawn circles and getting to know all the professors and other math majors! I also loved that the curriculum included computer science and business classes. I am forever grateful to the program for giving me a reason to learn programming which was a key skill in my first full-time position.

What sets it apart from other schools?

The smaller class size created an environment to thrive academically and build relationships with professors and peers. The professors were invested in our success - providing many opportunities to ask questions in or out of class in addition to hosting miscellaneous social events.

How did this program prepare you for your career?

The mix of math, business, finance, and computer science classes set me on the right path to get a master’s degree in statistics and manage a data analytics team at JP Morgan Chase. Students walk away from the program with a well-roundedness that allows them to build a career in Actuarial Science or pivot to a related field.

Is there any advice you would give to current students?

Beyond the coursework, I was able to study abroad at Harlaxton, be a resident assistant/head resident assistant, be president of a business fraternity, join a sorority, and tutor high school students. I list these out because the notable benefits of attending this university are the incredible opportunities to develop leadership skills, meet people from around the world, and build meaningful relationships. Make the most of your time because the years will fly by!