Hello WSO, allow me to introduce myself. I am junior in high school from the PNW region, and I think the only thing in this world which I am good at right now, is finance (and fashion but let's not talk about that rn). I know a lot of annoying kids say this, and then they go on to talk about how they watch Bloomberg and read the Economist, but I am a bit different.
First I have actually accomplished a little bit in the field at a high school level. I was a top 5 finalist in the International Competition for DECA beating out over 20,000 students and over 100,000 worldwide, and I have consistently been the state champion in finance events. Last summer I took my DECA business to the real world creating a modern FinTech company, which only in the span of a few short months, got recognized by investors, and we are now in the process of securing series A funding. I own a nonprofit to foster entrepreneurship, and I have helped many young business owners all across the United States. Moreover being obsessed with investing like every other finance teen claims I also used to religiously study investment tactics and philosophies, particularly Ray Dalio, Stevie Cohen, and ofc Buffet. I also studied arbitrage, but obviously, I can't really do that. However, I actually did something with this. Taking some of my father money, I invested it using it and began to beat the market. I later expanded this to friends and family and now I manage a small fund of ~140K AUM(Over 120K is daddy's cash). I focused this fund on impact investing and social benefit, with a dividend reinvestment program focused on investing in crucial environmental and social issues we care deeply about. However, what I feel really sets me apart is my job. I am currently an Equity Research Analyst at a sub 10B MF, focusing my research on disruptive technologies. I already know a bit of long term modeling, and what's cool is that my research aided a position worth around $10 million dollars. I was super lucky to get this gig, but it paid off in terms of how much I was able to learn and the work I was able to do.
In terms of my academic track record, I'm alright. I have a 3.7UW GPA taking a total of 17 AP Classes over my high school career. I have an okay 1510 SAT. I know my teachers like me and I'll get good recs but I really hope that my GPA doesn't stop me from being able to attend a top undergrad business school.
In terms of career aspiration I really want to work in a PE mega-fund, becoming an MD by the time I turn 31/32. I feel at an MD level you can truly enact change and set strategy. I have studied the LBO model and I really love how PE has an emphasis on long term investment as well as corporate structure. I know that is almost impossible but I feel that with the love I have for this field, I could do it. I really want to go to a top undergrad business school so PE firms will even consider me for internships so I can maybe one day have a shot at being recruited from undergrad. If I lucky enough to get into a top undergrad business school I will definitely start learning modeling because I know that is like the biggest thing many PE firms look from newbies. I learned this by religiously studying the WSO PE recruitment forums, so I've picked up a thing or 2. Also I want to do a Finance Major but I will def do a minor/double major in systems engineering or maybe CS with a focus in ML/AI so I can still have some analytical edge.
I know this was a lot and many of you may think I am an idiot, but there really is nothing else I have felt such a connection with other than finance in my whole life, and I truly feel like this is the only thing which I am capable of doing. With that being said, if any of you have any tips or anything regarding PE or the finance game in general, I would be very appreciative.
- Future PE MD hehe