I am a computer scientist had previously worked in finance at the Prediction Company where I learned some aspects of quantitative finance. The University of Washington’s online M.S. degree program in Computational Finance and Risk Management, offered by the Department of Applied Mathematics, has given me a great gift: it has taught me how much I still have to learn. My professors have challenged me, supported my learning and recognized my effort. They have helped lay the foundation that I will build on for many years to come. I will always be grateful that I had the chance to be a student in this M.S. degree program.