Got into a target because of you guys! 2.6 GPA in high school!

champagnepaki
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I'm sure so many of you are tired of seeing my name around here - but god damn this community is truly amazing.

  1. I graduated from a shitty high-school (Ranked 2/10 on Zillow).
  2. I had a 2.6 GPA
  3. I smoked weed (perfectly fine, but is just not for me) and was distracted, didn't care about my future
  4. I went to community college doing computer science, with plans to transfer to an unranked state school
  5. I found WSO
  6. I spent literally day in and day out learning about finance and tuning into the WSO podcasts, this is what I would consider the catalyst that made me realize my future and what I wanted to truly do
  7. I paid an absurd amount of money to study in London the summer between my freshman and sophomore year in college
  8. I came back, and leveraged that experience to network my way into being the only sophomore coming from community collegeat a top F500 for their Corp Finance/Strategy Summer Internship for juniors
  9. I started a finance club, and helped over 30 students at my CC hone in on their futures. This was hard, most students at my CC don't care or work hard enough to be involved in something like this
  10. I continued to network, close my mouth, open my eyes and ears, and focus on improving myself - both academically, mentally, and physically
  11. I started early at the F500 in their Business Development team responsible for M&A (Corp Dev is what the group SHOULD be called, team is very small and ex bankers/ivy league'rs) because I aggressively pushed the director of the program with this fact: because i'm in CC i'm the only one local, and that means I can help before summer starts as I was aware they were lean
  12. Now, i'm leading my group/team of interns out of an intern class of ~30. I'm recruiting for IB SA2019 now, since I've got a fucking credible name behind me on my resume

Throughout all of this I have dealt with so much bullshit and family politics, drama, loss of social life (was extremely popular in high school - stopped seeing everyone the second I honed in on my self)

Now, I'm going to a T25 target school, and although i'm coming in as a Junior, you bet i'm gonna secure that SA gig at ANY investment bank that will recognize my desire to be a part of this community. I'll even delay grad by a year if I have to, since it's late into recruiting season right now.

That's all. Thank you all for teaching me everything I needed to know, to achieve some of the most important moments in my life so far. I look forward to paying it forward for the rest of my life. The lesson to be learned here is no matter how low your position might seem, you can always do something to inch your way up. This was a process over the course of two years, and I've still got a far way to go before I can say I've made it.

P.S. I applied to ten schools, ranking all the way from top 20 to >100 on US News. I was accepted by all of the top schools; and denied by the worst ones. I had a 3.5 college GPA. It's not impossible if you don't have a 4.0 - we all have our reasons, mine was weighed down by two D's I got in HS while dual enrolled at CC. College admissions is a wooly mammoth shit show and there are so many variables that go into your decision that you can never be sure where you're gonna get in - unless you're a perfect applicant :~)

-cp

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Comments (36)

Jun 7, 2018

Congratulations dude. You earned it. All trolling aside, this place does some pretty amazing things for people.

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Jun 7, 2018
champagnepaki:

I'm sure so many of you are tired of seeing my name around here - but god damn this community is truly amazing.

  1. I graduated from a shitty highschool (ranked 2/10 on ZILLOW).
  2. I had a 2.6 gpa
  3. I smoked weed (perfectly fine, but not for me - was bad for me) and was distracted, didn't care about my future
  4. I went to community college doing CS with plans to transfer to a non ranked state school
  5. I found WSO
  6. I spend day in and day out learning about finance
  7. I paid an absurd amount of money to study in London my freshman summer
  8. I came back and leveraged that experience to network my way into being the ONLY SOPHOMORE coming from COMMUNITY COLLEGE at a TOP F500 for their SUMMER CORP FINANCE/STRATEGY internship for JUNIORS
  9. I started a finance club, and helped over 30 students at my CC hone in on their future
  10. I continued to network, close my mouth, open my eyes and ears, and focus on improving myself both academically, mentally, and physically
  11. I started early at the F500 because I aggressively pushed the director of the program with the fact that because i'm in CC i'm the only one local that can help before summer starts
  12. Now, i'm training the interns. I'm recruiting for IB SA2019 officially starting tomorrow, now that I've got a fucking credible name behind me on my resume

Throughout all of this I have dealt with so much bullshit and family politics, drama, loss of social life (was extremely popular in high school - stopped seeing everyone the second I honed in on my self)

Now, i'm going to a fucking T25 target school, and although i'm coming in as a Junior, you bet i'm gonna secure that SA2019 gig at ANY investment bank that will recognize my desire to be a part of this community.

That's all. Thank you all for teaching me everything I needed to know, to achieve some of the most important moments in my life so far. I look forward to paying it forward for the rest of my life.

-cp

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Jun 7, 2018

You already know. Wahoowa.

if this is sarcasm - i don't even care

"It is not our circumstance that controls us, but our thoughts that control our circumstance." -James Allen

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Jun 7, 2018

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Jun 21, 2018

Wahwoowa!

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Jun 8, 2018

Well done!!

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Jun 8, 2018

Great to hear stories like this! WSO really can be life changing for people who are willing to put in the time. I certainly wouldn't be half the professional I am today if it wasn't for finding this site a few years back...

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Jun 8, 2018

Indeed it can!

"It is not our circumstance that controls us, but our thoughts that control our circumstance." -James Allen

Jun 8, 2018

Congrats OP! You got great hustle and you definitely deserve your success.

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Jun 8, 2018

Thank you.

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Jun 8, 2018

Keep kicking ass man!! Good shit

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Jun 8, 2018

My man. Keep crushing it.

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Jun 8, 2018

10/4

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Jun 8, 2018

Congratulations brotha, keep killing it!

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Jun 9, 2018

Thank you!

"It is not our circumstance that controls us, but our thoughts that control our circumstance." -James Allen

Jun 9, 2018

Congrats m8, always be closing!

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Jun 9, 2018

Just a heads up - SA 2019 Recruiting is in full swing and more than half my recruiting class (semi-target) has already signed.

You need to start networking NOW. I'm hoping it isn't too late for you.

Edit - Just realized you're a transfer. I would recommend staying an additional year to recruit because I'm sure 90%+ spots will be filled by late August.

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Jun 9, 2018

Yep. I am going to consider doing an extra year if I miss out. Am well ware, but thank you for the heads up dude

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Jun 10, 2018

Best of luck!

Jun 10, 2018

Good shit man.

I have a similar story of a bumpy detour before going to a semi-target. Time for you to kick ass.

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Jun 10, 2018

Well done buddy keep up the grind

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Jun 11, 2018

Are you reading this Pump&Dump? You can accomplish what you want if you stick to it!

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Jun 11, 2018

Great story! love it, thanks for posting

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Jun 11, 2018
champagnepaki:

I'm sure so many of you are tired of seeing my name around here - but god damn this community is truly amazing.

  1. I graduated from a shitty highschool (ranked 2/10 on ZILLOW).
  2. I had a 2.6 gpa
  3. I smoked weed (perfectly fine, but not for me ) and was distracted, didn't care about my future
  4. I went to community college doing CS with plans to transfer to a non ranked state school
  5. I found WSO
  6. I spendtday in and day out learning about finance
  7. I paid an absurd amount of money to study in London my freshman summer
  8. I came back and leveraged that experience to network my way into being the ONLY SOPHOMORE coming from COMMUNITY COLLEGE at a TOP F500 for their SUMMER CORP FINANCE/STRATEGY internship for JUNIORS
  9. I started a finance club, and helped over 30 students at my CC hone in on their future
  10. I continued to network, close my mouth, open my eyes and ears, and focus on improving myself both academically, mentally, and physically
  11. I started early at the F500 because I aggressively pushed the director of the program with the fact that because i'm in CC i'm the only one local that can help before summer starts
  12. Now, i'm training the interns. I'm recruiting for IB SA2019 officially starting tomorrow, now that I've got a fucking credible name behind me on my resume

Throughout all of this I have dealt with so much bullshit and family politics, drama, loss of social life (was extremely popular in high school - stopped seeing everyone the second I honed in on my self)

Now, I'm going to a fucking T25 target school, and although i'm coming in as a Junior, you bet i'm gonna secure that SA gig at ANY investment bank that will recognize my desire to be a part of this community. I'll even delay grad by a year if I have to since it's recruiting season right now.

That's all. Thank you all for teaching me everything I needed to know, to achieve some of the most important moments in my life so far. I look forward to paying it forward for the rest of my life.

Oh, and I was rejected by MULTIPLE schools ranked between 30-75 on USNEWS. (applied 10, rejected 7)

-cp

Love it. I get the feeling that for every visible post on this site, there are probably a ton of kids who are inspired but don't post. Keep this in mind, keep going, and update us on your progress.

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Jun 11, 2018

Yep. I hope to show others they can really do anything no matter where they are right now. It's a process.

I did bullets instead of a full writeup on purpose.. the whole story will come when I start full time ;-)

"It is not our circumstance that controls us, but our thoughts that control our circumstance." -James Allen

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Jun 12, 2018

Not to shit on you but I thought you were trolling til maybe #8 and then i was like oh damn

Jun 12, 2018

Haha it's all good; I had to grease you up with lipids before i put it on some bread

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Jun 12, 2018

You're the Wolf of WSO!

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Jun 12, 2018

You're the Wolf of WSO!

Jun 13, 2018

Congratulations!!! This is something I love hearing. WSO can be an amazing resource if used correctly. You are a perfect example of what hard work and motivation can get you. Good luck in the future!

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Jun 14, 2018

Amazing. Congratulations!!!!

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Jun 14, 2018

Super inspiring, congratulations! You clearly belong where you are today b/c of your persistent hard work and belief in yourself. Don't let anyone drag you down or tell you otherwise. Keep killin it

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Jun 16, 2018

"I was extremely popular in high school"

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Jun 18, 2018

Maybe he will do an AMA on how to become "extremely popular"?

Jun 18, 2018

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