Seeking experience outside of class
On top of her studies, Ramahi spent last summer as an assistant for an introductory Arabic class and is now a course assistant in the computer science department.
Most recently, she’s joined a team of researchers who are establishing a framework of decentralized insurance practices, including takaful (a risk-sharing system that’s compliant with Islamic law), mutual aid and peer-to-peer insurance models.
It may seem like Ramahi had her whole path mapped out beforehand, but she says she felt lost when she started college and credits the university’s support system for helping guide her toward these opportunities.
“The support system at UIUC made me feel comfortable and made me want to pursue actuarial science even more,” Ramahi said. “Wherever I look, there are more opportunities. I feel like I’m really well supported.”
Part of that system includes the AXIS Risk Management Academy, in which Ramahi participated for a semester. There she met Lynne McChristian, Director, Office of Risk Management & Insurance Research, and Senior Instructor, Finance Department, at UIUC. McChristian worked with Spencer and Argo to promote the scholarship among students, and that’s how Ramahi learned of it.
Eager to start an insurance career
“My goal is to be an actuarial analyst,” Ramahi said. “But right now I just want to break into the industry and find out what it’s like for myself, instead of what people are telling me.”
She’ll get an early chance to do that this summer, as the scholarship also includes an opportunity to intern at Argo Group. She looks forward to seeing how concepts she’s studied come up through the work.
“Seeing all the content on the syllabus is different from what’s actually happening in practice,” Ramahi said. “I’m really excited to see how that applies in the work that actuaries do day to day.”
Learn more about Argo’s commitment to diversity in insurance by exploring the 2021 ESG Report.