I am a minority, first generation college student, brought up by a single mother, lived in the hood, etc, etc...
Throughout school (K-12) I didn't know shit about anything. I didn't know the importance of a high school GPA because none of my friends (at the time) did either. Nobody told me the importance of an AP class. Nobody told me the importance of extra-circulars. I'm sure 90% of the kids at my school didn't give a fuck either. All I wanted to do after school was smoke weed or play basketball. I would always hear people tell me that I need to go to college. I would always ask myself, you know, what for? What comes after college? I didn't know what the fuck an engineer was or did. I didn't know what finance was. All I saw was having a degree gets you a 9-5 desk job. Why the fuck would I do that?
Anyways. The closer I got towards graduation, the more people asked me what I was going to do. I was pretty close to one of my councilors, and she pretty much forced me to apply to schools. I think my high school GPA was like a 2.3 or some shit. I don't remember. I applied to 3 Texas schools which I won't name, but they were all satellite schools from the main flagship university. In other words, non-target schools. However, at the time I didn't know that. I though all schools were the same lol. I only got accepted to 1 of them. The main thing that excited me was leaving home and having my own place that I was paying for with student loans.
So I was an undeclared major taking the core courses until my sophomore year. I managed to keep around a 3.2 GPA. At first I thought about declaring my major as engineering because they made bank bro. Lol. Until I heard the drop out rate for engineers, and I decided to just do marketing. It was my sophomore year that I realized I was attending a shitty school. I decided to transfer to a higher ranked school, but it still wasn't a target school. I knew I wouldn't have been accepted to McCombs, so I didn't even bother applying.
TL:DR If I would have known what it took to be in IB, I would have actually gave a fuck in high school. I didn't know what the fuck a target school was. I didn't know what Investment Banking was. I just didn't know shit because nobody ever told me what it was. I hate making excuses for the way my life is, but I'm just being honest. It also makes me sad because I know there are many kids who were like me that were uninformed. Do you think the typical black kid living in the hood knows what the hell IB is? Fuck no. All they know is Young Thug and Lebron James.
If you guys had parents to push you in school. Parents that gave you a clear pathway to success. Please understand how fortunate you are. I'm not denying your hard work either. I'm just telling you to appreciate being informed by whoever informed you. The ones that allowed you to make these goals.
I'm a senior graduating college in accounting this summer. Our accounting program has decent job placement. However, finance is shit here. I just want to have a back up plan (CPA) incase my goals to come to life. Usually finance majors that aren't in honors at non-target schools end up in sales or something. Fuck that. I plan on joining the military soon as I graduate. Going for the Air Force Para rescue. It will be something nice and courageous to have on my resume. Hopefully It gets me into a top MBA program after my service. Its sad I have to try and do something that crazy just to have a career in finance, but it's what I really want to do. Para rescue sounds kinda badass anyway haha. Something to tell bitches at a bar.
Anyways thanks guys! Sorry for the long read. Had to get it off my chest.
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