Casey Maree De Souza
BSc in Mathematics and Finance (Honours)
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Finance (Honours) graduate, Casey Maree de Souza says her choice of degree was a natural progression from high school.
"When choosing the possible courses to study after high school, I simply looked at those which were my favourite and those which I was best at. Mathematics and Japanese were two of those, and I always knew I wanted a career in finance, so it was just a natural choice."
"I loved Derivative Security Pricing and Stochastic Calculus, because it combined all the groundwork covered in elementary mathematics and finance subjects. You study differential equations and calculus as an extension of high school and see how it is applied to financial situations, such as bond and option pricing."
After finishing her Bachelor's degree, de Souza decided to embark on an Honours project as a way of expanding her knowledge and getting an edge in her chosen field - finance.
"I thought Honours was an excellent opportunity to conduct more research and extend my further studies, which I thought would be very valuable as the finance industry is so competitive. I chose to continue at UTS Science because there are so many study supports for students and the lecturers are always there to help."
"One resource, which I found particularly useful, was the Mathematics Study Centre, run by the Department of Mathematical Sciences. The service is free and it is for all UTS students. Final year students are given the opportunity to volunteer a few hours of their time to help other students at the Mathematics Study Centre. It's great because you get to help other students while reinforcing your own knowledge and foundation of a subject."