A Big Switch
~One month into her studies, Taryn Boyd's discovery of a love for numbers caused her to change her educational goals. ~
When Taryn Boyd started at College of the Rockies in the fall of 2010, she was enrolled in a variety of prerequisite classes for the Bachelor of Education program offered by the University of Victoria at COTR’s Cranbrook Campus. These classes included Finite Mathematics 101 with Leslie Molnar and Environmental Chemistry 100 with David Dick.
“It was a month into the semester when I realized my love for math and, not only that, but how good I was at it,” she explained. “Despite the fact that I hadn’t taken chemistry in high school, I became more and more interested in the subject through my Environmental Chemistry class and before long realized my true passion.
“Considering a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics,” she continued, “I added Mathematics 106, a statistics class that was also taught by Leslie Molnar, to my following semester. It was that class that solidified my decision to transition into a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Actuarial Science.
“While I had always assumed I would dive straight into a university after high school, favouring the large class sizes and the excitement of a big campus, it was the small class sizes and the availability of my teachers for one-on-one help at College of the Rockies that contributed, not only to my success, but also to my choice to transition from Education to Sciences.
“Although I cannot complete my degree at College of the Rockies, there is no way I would be where I am now without it,” she concluded.