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I am currently a high school senior, and I will be, hopefully, accepted into UMich, Emory, and NYU. I'm pretty confident that I will be. My majors will be French and Finance. I love the idea of working in IB, PE, HFs, or corporate finance; however, everyone tells me that the lifestyle is fast pasted and that I won't have time for anything but work. My ideal job is to travel a lot and represent companies, so I guess you could say Int'l IB or PE. Could someone give me some insight on how the lifestyle really is, or what jobs are more international business based, and what is my best option as far as schooling. I have also been accepted to University of South Carolina, which has the #1 int'l business program in the states.

P.S. I think I am in love with the thought of making all the money, and having the prestige, of IB and PE. But, I love to travel, and speak different languages.

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Comments (19)

  • prospie's picture

    What exactly is international business? That's interesting that South Carolina is #1.

    PS the lifestyle is definitely fast-pasted.

  • itsinthebag's picture

    If you want to travel, look into consulting. IB/PE analysts don't travel. I also guarantee you that the travel you think you will be doing is the exact opposite of the travel that actually occurs in the real world. Good thing you're an incoming freshmen and have plenty of time to research.

    UMich (especially if you get into their undergrad business school) gets recruited from by Goldman, Citi, BofA, etc... NYU (assuming you got into Stern) will be extremely cut throat as 90% of your class is gunning for IBD. Emory, from what I hear, is good in the Southeast, but not much pull in other major areas of the US.

    I have friends from UMich and NYU, I would suggest UMich especially if you can position yourself to qualify into their undergrad business school. Both places have bad weather but at least UMich has a D-1 athletic program.

  • Black Jack's picture

    I didn't know international business still existed. Honestly better off going a consulting route if you want a lot of traveling.

  • In reply to itsinthebag
    thedude12r43w's picture

    I agree that if you want to travel you should aim for consulting. I go to Emory and can speak to the quality of the program. Goizueta is a top notch business school in terms of caliber of professors, accessibility, and does great with recruitment. Average starting salary last year was 60k.

    I disagree with itsinthebag that Emory only does well in the southeast, its a top20 university and a top5 BBA program on Businessweek, so as you can imagine it does quite well throughout the U.S. In terms of IBD recruitment plenty of people make it up to NYC as presence on the street is strong. Pretty much all banks recruit here with the exception of Goldman IBD and Morgan Stanley (in past few years).

    In terms of where to go, I would strongly recommend UMich Ross, its a great school and has better recruitment for IBD then Emory. As for NYU vs. Emory it really depends what you want to do. I think the academic quality of the business program and the university overall is better at Emory and you will have a more enjoyable college experience. On the other hand, Stern is basically in the backyard of the street so definitely benefits from that presence.

    But given your 3 choices I would go with UMich hands down. Best of luck to you and feel free to PM if you have any questions about Emory.

  • In reply to itsinthebag
    ennels94's picture

    itsinthebag:
    If you want to travel, look into consulting. IB/PE analysts don't travel. I also guarantee you that the travel you think you will be doing is the exact opposite of the travel that actually occurs in the real world. Good thing you're an incoming freshmen and have plenty of time to research.

    UMich (especially if you get into their undergrad business school) gets recruited from by Goldman, Citi, BofA, etc... NYU (assuming you got into Stern) will be extremely cut throat as 90% of your class is gunning for IBD. Emory, from what I hear, is good in the Southeast, but not much pull in other major areas of the US.

    I have friends from UMich and NYU, I would suggest UMich especially if you can position yourself to qualify into their undergrad business school. Both places have bad weather but at least UMich has a D-1 athletic program.

    So, I did some research on consulting, and that seems more reasonable to me. I have highly considered UMich, and NYU. How is the salary for consulting careers?

    - D.E.

  • In reply to thedude12r43w
    ennels94's picture

    n1cktm:
    I agree that if you want to travel you should aim for consulting. I go to Emory and can speak to the quality of the program. Goizueta is a top notch business school in terms of caliber of professors, accessibility, and does great with recruitment. Average starting salary last year was 60k.

    I disagree with itsinthebag that Emory only does well in the southeast, its a top20 university and a top5 BBA program on Businessweek, so as you can imagine it does quite well throughout the U.S. In terms of IBD recruitment plenty of people make it up to NYC as presence on the street is strong. Pretty much all banks recruit here with the exception of Goldman IBD and Morgan Stanley (in past few years).

    In terms of where to go, I would strongly recommend UMich Ross, its a great school and has better recruitment for IBD then Emory. As for NYU vs. Emory it really depends what you want to do. I think the academic quality of the business program and the university overall is better at Emory and you will have a more enjoyable college experience. On the other hand, Stern is basically in the backyard of the street so definitely benefits from that presence.

    But given your 3 choices I would go with UMich hands down. Best of luck to you and feel free to PM if you have any questions about Emory.

    I was just at Emory for the SUSMUN conference (Model UN). I LOOOOOOOOOOVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEE Emory's campus, and the student life. Atlanta is a great city, but like I said before, I LOOOOVEEEEE Emory's campus and facilities.Goizueta is amazing, but I want the best of the 3. I have been studying a bit about the consulting world, and it's starting to seem really great. Could anyone give me more life experience with consulting. Will a degree in finance suffice? And If I am correct, Emory doesn't have a finance degree?

    - D.E.

  • thedude12r43w's picture

    At Emory, you get a BBA and can concentrate in Finance if you chose to. You can have up to 2 concentrations (Finance, Accounting, Strategy, etc). The best school out of those 3 is UMich, you should definitely go there. I would go to Emory over NYU though unless you are specifically gunning for IBD.

  • OkComputer's picture

    NYU has binding ED, so there's no way you would've gotten into all of the those schools this early. Even then, none of them would have released decisions by now, ED or RD.

    The choice of which school to go to should be made after the decisions. The best choice is NYU. Yes it's cutthroat but your nightlife will be the envy of your uptown neighbors

    "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." --Abraham Lincoln

  • yeahright's picture

    Oh how I wish I had known about this site 5 years ago.

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  • Cruncharoo's picture

    Did you get pre-admit into Ross?

    This to all my hatin' folks seeing me getting guac right now..

  • In reply to OkComputer
    ennels94's picture

    OkComputer:
    NYU has binding ED, so there's no way you would've gotten into all of the those schools this early. Even then, none of them would have released decisions by now, ED or RD.

    The choice of which school to go to should be made after the decisions. The best choice is NYU. Yes it's cutthroat but your nightlife will be the envy of your uptown neighbors

    I am an outstanding student, and I've spoken to all of my admissions counselors; I basically got into to all of them. Sorry for the confusion, and nightlife is not as much important as my career path for success, but it is something to think about.

    - D.E.

  • OMS's picture

    want to go international? go to NYU and buy some condoms.

  • grosse's picture

    Went to NYU Stern. Previously had lived in the city, so it wasn't a big deal for me, but can be very hard for some. NYU does not give you the college experience. No quad, no frat houses, and the parks/green space is a joke. Doesn't mean it's bad, but completely different from other schools. Don't go to NYU if you don't get into Stern. Too many try to transfer and very few succeed. NYU ex-Stern isn't a bad school, just very very expensive and probably not worth the money in terms of opportunities.

  • ennels94's picture

    haha, that's funny

    - D.E.

  • In reply to grosse
    ennels94's picture

    grosse:
    Went to NYU Stern. Previously had lived in the city, so it wasn't a big deal for me, but can be very hard for some. NYU does not give you the college experience. No quad, no frat houses, and the parks/green space is a joke. Doesn't mean it's bad, but completely different from other schools. Don't go to NYU if you don't get into Stern. Too many try to transfer and very few succeed. NYU ex-Stern isn't a bad school, just very very expensive and probably not worth the money in terms of opportunities.

    Thank you soo much!!! That is exactly what I was looking for!! That makes a lot of since.

    - D.E.

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    - D.E.

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