I want to quit my uni

I go to a target school in the UK. I really don't like my uni at all. I don't like my course either. I just think about it and get depressed.

I have done everything I can to make my life at this uni better (sports, EC's etc) but I still hate it a lot. I am on my break and am dreading going back.

What shall I do?

Look for transfers (I don't think I'm eligible)? Get a job and start a new course that I actually enjoy somewhere else? I really want to leave this uni - really really hating it.

Most Underrated Schools for Wall St.

I'm out of state for the top public schools and have only semi target level stats. Which colleges would you say are most underrated for breaking into wall street? (for someone in my circumstance to succeed in, given the school has lower admissions standards than the top 10)

I read through past threads voraciously and the common names seem to be uiuc, indiana, fordham, uva econ or commerce, boston university, usc and ucla.

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How did investment banking culture end up this way?

In general, I've always blindly accepted investment banking culture. The rules, the interview process, the face time, the mistreatment of younger employees. It never really bothered me...

That said, I am currently reading a fantastic book called "In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives" by Steven Levy. If you read this book, you will find out that Google has a similar elite culture associated with its workforce. Google only hires individuals from top schools with outstanding GPAs. As well, Google is notorious for extremely difficult interview questions. The company brags that it hires the best of the best... does that sound familiar?

Morgan Stanley Investment Banking Summer internship experience

Can anyone speak on their experience with this internship? How were the people? Was the culture willing to mentor the interns? I understand this is a "big name" internship but I'm wondering about peoples personal experiences and if they learned a lot and if they believe is was worth it and they liked their choose.

Top 5 Things I’ve Learned From WSO

Joining the oasis has been a real eye opener. As I complete schooling, try to land a desirable job, and pursue the CFA path, I have used WSO as the main reference for guidance and advice. I know you monkeys tell things how they are and these are the main points you all have helped me to learn:

  1. This industry is competitive. I now see why people view accounting as a more stable career choice. Finance takes sweat, blood and a relentless work ethic to succeed. An accounting undergrad with decent grades can get a job in the big 4 upon graduation. In finance, only the top students from top schools their way into BB firms. A great gpa alone does not get you very far in the field.

Clients that you disagree with

Has anyone ever had to help on a transaction for a company that they absolutely despised due to their business practices? I guess you would have to suck it up and do it but I'm curious to see if anyone has ever felt any cognitive dissonance from it.

For me, I would feel like a scumbag if I had Koch Industries, Monsanto, etc as clients and was helping them out...

VC Spotlight: Rob Go of NextView Ventures

Intro to Rob Go & NextView Ventures:

Rob Go is a founding member of NextView Ventures, a Boston based micro VC, who as of February 2012 closed their inaugural seed-stage fund.....of $21 million! Rob brings an array of expertise to NextView and their portfolio companies. He is a Harvard Business School graduate, started his career at Parthenon Group (consulting firm), worked for eBay and Fidelity in product management roles, transitioned into venture capital with Spark Capital, and now is well on his way with NextView Ventures. With the hectic life of a VC: traveling, meetings, startup pitches, etc. Rob was kind enough to answer a few questions about his experiences as a VC. So lets get started:

Instagram - Is it time to jump ship?

Earlier this week, Instagram introduced changes to its terms of service about sharing user information. including photographs and identity with advertisers, with the only way of opting out of it being deleting the account. This predictably brought strong protests from users and in the blink of an eye the company sent out a notification that it is rolling back its controversial policies.

Where are you in for MSF/MFE/MiMs?

Since someone started an MBA thread, I figure that I might as well start one for MSF/MFE/MiMs. I was wondering where people have heard back from. I'm in at Duke MMS, Wake MA and the Ohio State SMF.

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With a title like that combined with Sun Tzu's Art of War strategies, I was sure I could trust it to shed some light on surviving and thriving in a ruthless world.
I've now learned more strategies and saw how useful they could be for anyone wanting to approach 2013 in a smarter and more efficient way.

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mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from December 2010. If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.

When Tim Schultz interviewed me for the Playboy article, he asked me at one point what I thought was the one thing regulators needed to make them more effective. I think he was expecting me to say something like FISA-style wiretapping authority or larger enforcement budgets or something along those lines, so you can imagine his shock at my eventual answer.


I meant it then and I mean it now. The clearest thinking and most insightful regulatory strategies are coming from women these days, and have for some time. Elizabeth Warren, Sheila Bair, and Brooksley Born could probably fix the whole mess given enough time, and the crisis never would have happened if we'd listened to Born back in the late 90's.

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Hey gents, my first post here. In short, I go to Cornell as an undergrad and as it's winter break I'm just studying up for next semester, got some job shadowing in NYC coming up, and just doing a shit ton of networking. I have a question here on best way about doing this.