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Actuarial science major and tutoring add up for Illiana grad

2013-12-12T00:00:00Z 2013-12-17T18:21:37Z Actuarial science major and tutoring add up for Illiana gradKimberly Cheek-Stanley Times Corespondent nwitimes.com
December 12, 2013 12:00 am  • 

After finding a college major that fit his abilities perfectly, actuarial science major Joel Vree now enjoys helping others make strides as a mathematics tutor at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.

A 2011 graduate of Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, Vree looks forward to using his problem- solving skills in business.

“I think my dad probably had the biggest impact on my decision. I have always looked up to my dad, so when he introduced me to actuarial science, I knew that it was a job career that I should definitely consider. Turns out he was right,” Vree said.

“When I looked into what it took to be an actuary, it seems to fit my academic strengths. So, the next logical step was for me to major in actuarial science.”

Vree began tutoring in 2012, and assists students enrolled in any math class the college offers, as well as students who need help throughout the entire semester.

“Probably one of the biggest struggles is when a student has a really tough time grasping some of the concepts that I try to explain to them,” Vree said. “To solve this problem, I always bring them back to the basics of the problem, and walk them through the concept until they understand it,” he said.

“It gives me satisfaction to be able to teach students material that I have already learned throughout my education,” he added.

The son of Bill and Sandy Vree, of Lansing, Vree also serves as the president of the Actuarial Science Club on campus, and enjoys playing intramural sports.

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