Can’t believe it’s over

Secured a 2022 SA offer to a BB last week with a group I really like and can’t believe the nightmares finally over. 

I come from a lower middle class background, with abusive parents who had a slew of problems. Got a full ride to a nontarget school, joined all the right clubs, got a 4.0, and good internships for Freshman and sophomore year. 

Like many people, 2020 was the worst year of my life. COVID-19 killed my grandma, one of my best friends died from cancer, my girlfriend of two years left me, I injured my ankle very badly and couldn’t walk, I struggled with some terrible months of isolation at home with my parents. It was very depressing and stressful and some of the darkest months of my life. I felt completely isolated and unloved by everyone. 

Even when things were looking bleak, I kept pushing through, studied my technicals, networked, and worked my ass off. I got in the best shape of my life physically and also worked out all of my issues at therapy. And I hated recruiting so much, it was miserable and kind of ruined my life honestly. But like all things in life, it ends. 

Now, the summer weather is very nice, the nightmare of COVID-19 is finally over, the crypto I bought last April is six figures now (I had $50 to my name three years ago), and I’m enjoying my cushy WFH internship making four times as much as what I made working in shitty food service jobs in the comfort of my air conditioned apartment. And I got an IB offer! I’m honestly shocked and amazed that things finally turned around in my life, after so many things just going terribly wrong and experiencing terrible pain and suffering every day this just feels surreal. And yes, I know IB is a very hard challenge too, but at least you get paid well and have good exit ops.

If you’re struggling with depression or mental health, talk to a therapist or a friend or family member that can help. For those out there grinding, keep at it, don’t give up! I know that this is an extremely stressful and terrible time for everyone recruiting out there, but I promise you things will get better and you will find your path in life. We’re all going to make it, don’t give up and don’t let the darkness win.

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Hey congrats on your offer, you definitely deserved it man! I was in a very similar situation and know how hard it can be to stay focused when it seems like all hell is breaking loose around you. One quote from Steve Harvey that really stuck with me through my tough times and hopefully helps others as well was: "If you're going through hell, keep going. Why would you stop in hell?" Really stuck with me and put things into perspective as it's easy to fall into the mindset that things will never get better when you're at your lowest. Just finished '22 recruiting too and hopefully we end up meeting on the street; good shit bro your story is very inspiring!


Thanks and great job man, congrats to you as well. It feels to good to be done with all this shit. That’s a great quote too, really like it. I hope you have a great junior year and good luck with your summer analyst gig! 


Love to see it – I also just secured a 2022 SA offer at an EB and so glad that nightmare is over. Enjoy the W my man


Monster W my man. I remember how much of a pain in the ass that was not too long ago. Just getting through it is an accomplishment by itself. Keep up the hard work and be proud of yourself--the bank that you signed with def made a good call here cus you're clearly BUILT FUCKING DIFFERENT