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15d 
Whatever1984, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Answering that text from a former coworker saying they had an opening, taking that chance, leaving a really comfortable rent controlled NYC apartment where I was living for free (roommates not on the lease paid it all) and moving to Philly on two weeks notice to work for a start-up ETF shop.Β  It got me out of the ass-end of WM and onto the pointy-end of asset management.

Sending that hook-up app message to my now SO is a very close second tho.

The only difference between Asset Management and Investment Research is assets. I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
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kodi, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Doing unusual career steps was the best thing I did - moving countries, taking a shot in different industries, ignoring job titles and even income. It was really worth it.

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Sigma.Bateman, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm still super young, but going to college is the best decision I've made in my life. In HS, was super social and expected to live out my frat dreams in college. Ended up at a state school and it completely changed my perspective on life. The environment pushed me to be more. Wouldn't have had the same outcome if I went to any other school. Still became a frat president (lol), landed in IB, travel, and live a very full life. Also accumulated a healthy net worth over my college years. Choose a school that's a good fit > optics.

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bpslay23, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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bands_bands_bands, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm young but going to my safety school. It's still a pretty reputable school but I could've "PGed" for a year after high school and went somewhere more "elite". Not only did I end up with a great job anyways, but I had a lot of fun and just a really interesting experience in general.Β 

It wasn't always great. Very few of my friends or just people in general there were as career oriented as I was, and I had to isolate myself somewhat at points during my time there to achieve my goals. That being said I don't regret a thing. I feel like that's just life. I think a lot about the quote "you can have anything you want but not everything you want." Pick the 1-3 things you really care about and put those above all else if you want to avoid regrets.Β 

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Arroz con Pollo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Honestly buying Plan B the several times I went raw. Just imagine having a kid at 20 when you're a college student with $7 to your name, and with some thot you barely remember the name of.

Much more careful of who I hook up with and always use protection now and trying not to sling dick on the weekends but I get too horny

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Whatever1984, what's your opinion? Comment below:
monkeseemonkedo

I'm moved

Honestly, using a condom ruins sex, but not using a condom during sex can ruin your life.

There are pills that negate the need to wear one, but do you really trust the person who decided that getting drunk in a bar and coming home with you after having just met you is trustworthy enough not to lie about it?

The only difference between Asset Management and Investment Research is assets. I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
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Urban Mogul, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Going to public college. I went for free on scholarship. I consider it the best decision for two reasons: 1) I grew up in a low-income community where like 99.9% of the adults you knew were either poor or were doing something illegal. Getting my degree allowed me to get into a relatively high paying career in banking and honestly, probably sets me up long term as I'm pretty confident that at bare minimum I'll always be well off in life. Looking back on it, most people I went to HS with ended up doing nothing special after HS graduation. 2) Since I went to college for free, I have no student loans. Fellow analysts in my class and other colleagues in my industry regularly tell me how their student loan payments are a hindrance on their finances. I wanted to go to a fancy private school but realized early on that I never wanted that financial burden.Β 

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Miracle1111, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Not getting a girl pregnant before I could even afford to support myself.

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Pizz, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Did you go raw and pull out every time?Β 

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Mr_Agree_to_Disagree, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Letting the family friend who runs a HNW PWM practice talk me into quitting just stocking shelves at BB&B looking for an easy/lazy life to intern for her practice and then pushing me into an econ degree by showing me what's possible if I actually got my BSc. There's a couple of close runner-ups too though. Good thought provoking question.

And since you asked the question, what about you [Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž]?

The poster formerly known as theAudiophile. Just turned up to 11, like the stereo.
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Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:
theAudiophile

And since you asked the question, what about you [Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž]?

Probably joining USAF CCT training. I didn't make it, but learned lots of life lessons that have served me well.

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"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Mr_Agree_to_Disagree, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž
theAudiophile

And since you asked the question, what about you [Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž]?

Probably joining USAF CCT training. I didn't make it, but learned lots of life lessons that have served me well.

Funny you mention CCT. That's one of my few regrets, not doing AF ROTC in school and pursuing CCT (those who know what CCT is, you know...).

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petaq, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Am still young, but probably picking my group during the intern placement process based on how much I liked/got along with the people, rather than picking a group that may have been more "prestigious" or may have had higher total comp on avg.

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DeWitt23, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Not something big because I just started my career, but probably gunning for things I really wanted to do, instead of the most common or most "logical" step. I didn't study at a business school, I didn't do any fancy IB internships, I didn't get a job straight out of undergrad (I had an internship in something I really loved instead), and now I'm doing something I love and learning a fuckton every day.

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bpslay23, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you didn't study business or have IB internship how'd you get into PE?

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DeWitt23, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Don't want to tell to much about my background, but basically I was lucky. I took a chance, showed that I could be great.

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Deal Team Six, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Sort of generic but I stopped letting myself get in the way of what I wanted. For the majority of my life I would tell myself I couldn't do something before I had even tried. When I did try, if I tried and failed, that was the end of it.Β 

It took a long time before I accepted that my own brain was the biggest inhibitor of my own success. If you do not believe there is at least a chance you will accomplish something, you certainly never will. However, if you can just convince yourself toΒ truly believe, that just maybe, with enough persistence and hard work, you can accomplish something, then the possibilities change tremendously.Β Β 

On a related note, failing at something I sunk everything into. Until you give 100% and still fall short, you dont really know how to pick yourself up again. All of my real success came after complete and utter, heartbreaking failure.Β 

To all of the students on here, the successes and failures you have while in UG are very real and can hurt very much. Not getting into the investing club, getting into your business school, not getting internships after spending hundreds of hours trying and failing, these things all cause real pain and suffering you have to endure through. Your approach with dealing with failure at a young age can either inhibit your entire career trajectory or allow it to grow exponentially. Many older folks dismiss college student's problems, thinkingΒ there is no way they could be as material as mine, but like success, failure is relative. Many people truly fail for the first time in their lives at something they went all in on between the ages of 16-22, so make sure you don't let your failure define you, but strengthen you so you are less likely to fail again.Β 

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Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:
gufmo

So far, quitting IB and PE.

Interesting. What are you up to now?

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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gufmo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Still work for a bank, but it's in a global strategic function. Was not cut out for the hours in IB and PE. Really messed with me.

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jackwestjr, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Leaving NYC. Thoroughly enjoy no longer having to watch homeless people take a dump on the subway on my way to work. Living in a reasonable sized apartment is nice too.Β 

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Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:
jackwestjr

Leaving NYC. Thoroughly enjoy no longer having to watch homeless people take a dump on the subwayΒ 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cahjALtLacs

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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jackwestjr, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Haha. It wasn't quite that bad, but there was this serial homeless guy at the 5th and 55th E/M stop that used to be regularly spotted with a McDonalds cup. I'll let you fill in the rest...

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TG6070, what's your opinion? Comment below:

For context, I'm class of '23 undergraduate (so my freshmen year was the first year of covid):

I was recruited to compete in division 1 track and field and have absolutely loved it for my whole life. However, during junior year, coming back from Covid, it had been a long time since I'd competed and I just wasn't jumping the marks I had in high school (which was really mentally taxing) and I was so close to quitting the team. In the end I sucked it up and rebuilt myself as an athlete during the entire indoor and beginning of the outdoor season. After a lot of grinding, I got a silver at our conference championships despite being fairly physically beat up and not as technically sharp as I would've liked. Not only was it rewarding to be jumping well again, but it was one of the first times I really had to show resilience in my sport. If nothing else, I'm just thankful I didn't quit and am getting one last year doing what a love before going off to work for 40 years hahaha

Former rental pig turned full time project monkey
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