What to do over winter break?

Finished up with finals, trying to figure out what to do with myself over the next two months before classes start up again... Anyone got any suggestions/things you are planning on doing?

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johnny-mnemonic, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Man I really enjoyed building my foxbody with my dad. It's pretty stock but we've fixed things here and there and installed full straight pipes from the headers to the tips. 1992 Calypso Green 5.0, it rips. Just went for a drive with him, he has a mint condition E30 Cabrio of the same year. Some guy scurried it away in an island compound for years so it has about 20k on the clock.

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GoldenCinderblock, what's your opinion? Comment below:

you could design and build a space ship that goes to the moon

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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Pug, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hike, summit some mountains, explore, backpack, enjoy nature

“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” - Nassim Taleb
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Brio, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you have the dough book an airbnb with your buddies, get faced, and chase tail (if covid rules allow). 

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
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Dig deep into S1s of new companies, important trends shaping the industries you like to follow, how the sectors are valued, predictions for 2021, read through 10qs and compare it with last year to understand how the company has truly done in better detail, earnings call transcripts and look at presentations that would provide some insight into what management foresees. If you have not already, I recommend getting a large amount of modelling reps and continue to focus on being quick in excel and work at an intense pace. 

Read books and white papers outside of finance that would make you more balanced. WSJ, FT and the usual finance books are cool but maybe read some history or philosophy books. 

  • Intern in HF - Other
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Thanks for the suggestions. This sounds like it will be interesting/beneficial. How do you recommend I get modeling reps in if I don't have a ton of modeling experience to begin with? Any templates or examples online that are helpful? Did some modeling this past summer but it wasn't anything crazy.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
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If you actually enjoy finance then yeah it is fun. Stop projecting 

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Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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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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IncomingIBDreject, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Did Milton Friedchickenman v tyronejinga ever happen?

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  • Analyst 2 in S&T - Other
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Wow this might be the worst thing I have ever read. M8, I bet you are absolutely insufferable to work with. It's okay to have fun sometimes lmao

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
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I mentioned this above but it is not necessary. Frankly the alternatives of playing xbox or looking at Netflix is just wasted time imo and no one is getting wasted at a New Years party so might as well. 

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Bruvver, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Dig deep into S1s of new companies, important trends shaping the industries you like to follow, how the sectors are valued, predictions for 2021, read through 10qs and compare it with last year to understand how the company has truly done in better detail, earnings call transcripts and look at presentations that would provide some insight into what management foresees. If you have not already, I recommend getting a large amount of modelling reps and continue to focus on being quick in excel and work at an intense pace. 

Read books and white papers outside of finance that would make you more balanced. WSJ, FT and the usual finance books are cool but maybe read some history or philosophy books. 

How ironic is it that this comment ends with a recommendation for OP to be "more balanced" outside of finance?

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Dick Steele, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Just took my last final a couple hours ago, what a weird semester it was. Anyway, I plan on catching up friends I have not seen for the better part of a year, maybe we'll go skiing if we can find a good place.

  • Intern in HF - Other
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Sounds like a good plan. Such a great feeling submitting that last exam

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Charredsoul, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Killington in Vermont is amazing, just finished a weekend trip there. The lift tickets are reasonable rn, not too crowded, and some great slopes. Not sure if your close enough for that to work, but if your nearby Airbnb's in the area are fair. Definitely one of the best I've been to

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
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I'm gonna add another boring suggestion, since that seems to be what you're interested in.

Take the SIE. You don't need to be sponsored for it, you'll certainly have to pass it one day, and it might impress some people next time you're recruiting.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
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I don't think anyone would be impressed by passing the SIE...

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FederalReserveOfficial, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Would this actually be worthwhile to do as a freshman/sophomore for recruiting?

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
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I'd say it's a matter of perspective. Will it give some people a better impression of your resume? Yes. Do some people not give a shit? Also, yes. You'll have to do it at some point so it's not a total waste of time.

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Kawhi Anthony Leonard, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Due to Covid restrictions, what I can do is limited but I'm trying to make the best of the situation. I never really got into sports, so now I am watching and practicing basketball and football. Playing either sport is also a great way to hang out with friends, as indoor gatherings are pretty much out the window. In terms of things to do indoors, I am trying to learn how to cook a variety of foods and also read books for pleasure, which I generally miss out on during school.

Lastly, I am trying to get in tip top shape (higher aerobic ability, greater strength, low bodyfat with defined muscles). I definitely think everyone in our situations should try this, as being young without a lot of responsibility is very conducive to getting in shape. Plus, doing it now will make it so much easier to continue once school and work starts, since you will have made progress physically and established a routine.

I’m a fun guy. Obviously I love the game of basketball. I mean there’s more questions you have to ask me in order for me to tell you about myself. I'm not just gonna give you a whole spill... I mean, I don't even know where you're sitting at

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onebagger, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Learn guitar or piano

Get outside and hike/ski/board/whatever

Get your fitness and nutritional routines dialed in 

Build a PC

Read non-finance books

Learn a new skill on MasterClass or skillshare or whatever

Not sure if this one would work for you, but come up with some cool investment ideas for your PA or trade your PA. compliance sucks

OR if you're set on career-focused things you can do to help yourself...

Enroll in and study for CFA/CBV/CPA or whatever

Read 10K's etc. and practice case studies and coming up with investment theses

Take a modelling course or an accounting course (IE, CFI's online courseware)

Learn basics of coding

Read finance books

As for me, I plan on fucking working over another fucking Christmas holiday period fuck

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worldmonkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Maybe pick one or two goals from each of the following categories, so that way you don't feel like you're only doing one type of thing: 

Self-Help:

- practice meditating every day 

- read some prominent books (what I'm reading: why sleep matters, rereading how to win friends and influence people, the daily stoic, etc. -- make your list on whatever you're interested in learning more about )

- if you eat like shit (as most college students do), learn time-efficient recipes or meal prep to cook for yourself so that way once you actually enter the workforce you don't gain 20 pounds from delivery food

- get a skincare regiment (Ik you're probably a dude but trust me when I say your skin will thank you a decade from now)

Professional:

- Language certifications

- GMAT (probably gonna need it eventually and it's good for 5 years) 

- coding (sooo many amazing resources online to practice everyday and improve your skills) 

- thinking about who you are as an investor and pitching yourself investment ideas 

Leisure (assuming you can't really hang out with friends rn): 

- interesting podcasts

- books that bring you joy 

- trying new hobbies that you otherwise would not take the time to try (maybe drawing or photography?) 

Array

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
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My recommendation is to be like Financeabc and spend every waking moment on this website spewing nonsense and getting into arguments. That is a truly good use of time. 

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faceslappingcompilation, what's your opinion? Comment below:

get in shape....build muscle...cut off fat

learn to code

just google it...you're welcome
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ovenfresh, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you're interested in public markets investing, read the Buffett letters 1978-2019. One or two a day.  

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