Sept. 24, 1998 * Vol . 13, No. 2

Student speaker reflects on value of inspiration

When student convocation speaker Barbara Wiesler steps up to the podium at Simon Fraser University's convocation exercises Oct. 2, she wants to talk about inspiration, as well as reminisce with her fellow graduands.

"I really want to mention all the times I felt inspired in class, especially in mathematics, where there are some very powerful, abstract ideas,'' says the 23-year-old honors math student. "Moments of understanding are moments of great achievement.''

A high achiever herself, Wiesler pursued not only an honors degree but has almost completed the difficult actuarial certificate program at SFU. She is this year's winner of the $2,000 Wyatt Scholarship, granted to the best student within the program. As well, she has already written and passed five of 13 professional exams toward becoming a fellow in the Society of Actuaries.

While Wiesler was active in the Student Actuaries Club on campus, she reserved most of her spare time for her family, helping her mother with a job search and tutoring her brother, who is in Grade 11.

Wiesler moved to Vancouver three years ago from London, Ontario where she graduated from Catholic Central High School. "I had no good reason to move,'' she says. "I'd just fallen in love with the city.''

This month, Wiesler began putting her actuarial math into practice at a full-time job with Western Compensation and Benefits Consultants of Vancouver.

She'll spend the next few years continuing as an actuarial student, before achieving fellowship in the Society of Actuaries.

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