Had IB dreams since 10th grade so I put in the work (perfect score on SATs, lights out GPA, sports etc). Rejected from all ivy's, but a blessing of an acceptance from a target (UVa, b/c fuck anonymity). Due to some serious mental health issues and a terrible cultural fit, I had to leave and ended up at Rutgers. At this point, I turned away from prestige out of some false sense of higher purpose and thought I'd try my hand at startups. I clawed my way into a startup (early stage, not brand name) since then (3yrs), graduated in Business Analytics & IT w/ a 3.85 and have come full circle.
I realize I was being a little shit by turning away from the many things I should've done (tried to transfer to a target, suck it up and continue to shoot for SA roles) but the way things played out, I was set on skirting the system and doing things my way. I was wrong, but I've got to move forward and I'm ready to do what it takes to get back on the grind.
Two months out of undergrad (22y/o), no previous internships in finance. I've led strategic analysis & biz analytics at my startup so I'm extremely well versed in Excel. Always had a knack and passion for finance so I'm more than ready to pick up modeling and the finer details. What's the best way to go about this? Network like hell for a boutique role (intern or actually full time?) Should I go for a MSF? Drop IB altogether + look at ER or others? Wait for MBA (what should I do to maximize my chances till then?)
My end goal is Corp Dev/Strategy (though now I'm more interested in strategy roles in big tech + well funded startups). PE and HF are naturally also very appealing. Thank y'all in advance for your help (even though I know >90% of you will likely shit on me, but that's fair, I'm in for any and all feedback)