Hey everyone. This past spring I graduated from my local community college and was accepted into 2 of 3 schools I applied to. After receiving endless amounts of useful advice and information from this community, I thought it would be a good time to formally introduce myself and hopefully share any information that could help any other young students / prospective monkeys.
A little background about myself. Graduated from HS in 2012--was a terrible student for the most part. Graduated smack dab in the middle of my class (of about 450), despite taking honors and AP classes throughout. Had no real extracurriculars to speak of; a year of swimming and a year of lacrosse. At that point I was fed up with school, so I took 2 years off.
Selling Drugs, Partying & 2 Years Off
I like to say I spent most of that time traveling, but in reality it was mostly selling drugs, endless partying, and a strict adherence to being unproductive. During the tail end of that experience, I began to really take a look at what I was doing with my life. Binging on women and drugs was fun (especially for someone who got no play in high school) but it left me feeling exceptionally empty and unfulfilled.
Eventually I got to a point where I was doing acid (or some other psychedelic equivalent) every other day, for periods of a month at a time. I could begin to feel my mental acuity fading, speech becoming slower and more deliberate, littered with frequent pauses and stutters in an attempt to find the right... word .In addition there was a metric fuck-ton of weed being smoked as well, which isn't such a bad thing on its own, but definitely helped encourage a feeling of lethargy, among other things. During this time I began feeling suicidal, as any time I was sober (or high, for that matter) I couldn't shake this idea of self worthlessness- I was nothing more than a drain on my single mother, I had failed to live up to the expectations of my academically-outstanding sister, and I was in the running for being the worst role model to my younger brother.
Farmer For $15/hr
After coming through an extended period of depression, working odd jobs in construction and farming, I looked around at my coworkers and decided I didn't want to be stuck working in the heat for 12 hours a day for $15/hour for the rest of my life. My desire to learn and grow built up over that last summer, and at the end of August I enrolled in my local community college.
It took me two years to finish up my associate's degree in economics. The first year I spent getting acclimated to school, enjoying some responsibility once again. By the beginning of my second semester, I began taking things more seriously; reaching out to teachers for advice and mentorship, signing up for clubs on campus, emailing local accounting firms, investment managers, whatever I could find. I started to look at prospective transfer schools and decided to shoot for the moon--when I began my last semester, I applied to an Ivy League school (think Brown/Dartmouth/Cornell) and two excellent universities. I was rejected from Vanderbilt, but accepted to the Ivy and the other target. Ultimately I chose the non-Ivy, due to the reputation of its business school and more sociable/enjoyable environment.
Now I'm getting ready to move in and begin life at my new school. I've continued to reach out to people with even the slightest relation, and I can already tell it will pay dividends come recruiting season. Despite not having the relevant internship experience of my peers who have been at a great school for two years, I'm feeling confident of my own ability, and of the endless resources my school provides. Most of all I'm going to try and balance having fun with being proactive in my banking pursuits, so I guess we'll see how it goes. I realize this turned into an extremely long post, but feel free to ask me any questions you may have, whether it's about dealing with depression, drug abuse, networking as a student (from a CC), or anything else.