I have always been fascinated about the use of the technology and math in practice and how it drives innovation and makes things happen. Financial Engineering, as such a field, best fits to my professional goals. After thorough research, I have decided on the University of Washington's CFRM program that provides a certificate as well as a Master’s program (offered by prestigious Department of Applied Math at UW). I thought it would be great to enter the field through a certificate program and then move onto Masters if I find it fitting my education and career goals. The certificate program was very rewarding and challenging. It utilizes both theory and practice in a balanced and engaging way. The program provides a strong foundation especially for those like me with no finance background and I found it very rewarding to learn new technology like R. The course instructors were extremely competent in their field of expertise and enabled a positive and interactive learning environment. I decided to further my education in the Masters program and I am very excited to pursue the challenge.