How to Respond to Question "Why Finance?"

I'm currently applying for universities, and I was wondering how I could go about writing a convincing "Why Finance?" essay without sounding greedy and only interested in having a lucrative career. Any insights and experiences to share?

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Aug 10, 2017

I've never heard a good answer to this question ever.

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Aug 10, 2017

Loving math but hating conceptual/non-applied math is a route

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Aug 10, 2017

Yeah a route for financial engineers. Hard to run with that for banking.. I agree it's not terrible.

Aug 10, 2017

Eh he's applying to college. Nobody that reads it is gonna care too much

Aug 10, 2017

After World War II, when most of Europe and parts of Asia devastated after the war, a massive project was initiated by the United States began to rebuild Europe and Japan.

America, due to her exceptional financial markets, was able to fuel billions (trillions in today dollars) into rebuilding infrastructure such as airports, high ways, power plants and factories.

These projects and financing would not have been possible without a strong financial system and highly intelligent financial personal to oversee the projects.

Britain ruled the old world because they had a superior economic system consisting of well trained financiers. As such American used the same system to extend her reach across the globe and establish herself as a world super power.

In short, I studied finance because finance has played a crucial role in shaping the history of the world.

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Aug 10, 2017

Cool story, brah. TLDR: I jerked off to a textbook.

Aug 11, 2017

Another example of a horrible answer.

Aug 11, 2017

ILoveMoney x1,000

Aug 11, 2017

there is no universally good answer to this question, best is to point out a story in which finance affected your life and made you interested in

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Sep 23, 2017

Why finance? Because all of the entry level jobs at Baskin-Robbins are taken, so its best I go to college and major in finance.

Sep 23, 2017
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