Sonja Surjanovic

Master’s Student, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, SFU

I first encountered statistics in an introductory course at SFU, in the first year of my undergraduate degree. I enjoyed it from the very beginning. Learning about the countless real-world problems for which statistics is of vital importance inspired me to pursue statistics in my undergraduate career.

As an undergraduate student, I had the opportunity of spending two research terms in the Statistics and Actuarial Science department at SFU. This research experience was very valuable to me, and further motivated me to pursue graduate studies. I also greatly enjoyed working as a Teaching Assistant in the Statistics Workshop for several years. It allowed me to gain experience teaching and explaining statistical concepts, while meeting other students and helping them learn statistics. It also strengthened my knowledge of the foundations, which has helped me in my own studies.

I am happy to say that there are numerous ways for students in Statistics and Actuarial Science to get involved and have fun during their undergraduate careers. Our departmental student union, the Statistics and Actuarial Science Student Association (SASSA) has organized many events for its students over the past few years. Being president of SASSA for a year during my undergraduate career was a very positive experience. It was great to meet lots of enthusiastic students, whose energy allowed us to organize events such as an Excel workshop, multiple trivia nights, movie nights and a Pi Day event.

I truly had a memorable undergraduate experience at SFU; our department is very friendly, and there are countless opportunities for students to get involved.