One of the nominal goals I had for my furlough was to prepare for my next two actuarial exams and today I started studying again after at least a year from last having actively tried to expand my knowledge of actuarial math. Â I spent a solid four hours catching up on the basics of integration, followed by the basics of derivation and at one low point the basics of order of operation. Â This last point was the computational equivalent of standing up after sitting for a while and kind of losing your balance but the fact that it happened at all made my inner calculator cry a little bit. Â I’ve come to an inescapable conclusion that I’ll probably reiterate a thousand times over the next few months: Math hard.