Need advice - Senior in High School
I'm a senior in high school, and I'm pursuing a career in finance and business. I want to work in Investment Banking, private equity, wealth management, or perhaps work as a broker.
I've currently been accepted in Fordham University, Babson, Northeastern University, Baruch College, and Binghamton University. I'm also waitlisted from Cornell. I plan to transfer to NYU Stern, Wharton or Cornell after my first year should I be rejected from Cornell.
My main choices right now are between Fordham, Northeastern, Baruch, and Babson (unless Binghamton is good), so I was wondering which school would be the best choice, in terms of name recognition, placements, and job opportunities! Northeastern & Babson would leave me with a substantial amount of debt, but Fordham should be affordable since I live in NYC and don't have to dorm. I also plan to transfer to an Ivy no matter what college I go to, so I've been planning to go to a cheaper school (Fordham or Baruch) and work as hard as I can to get after my first/second year. Decision day is in 4 days so I really wanted to post this.
I also wanted to ask what I should be doing right now, as a senior in high school. I've begun trying to network extensively, reaching out to people and having talks with family connections, some professionals, and people in these schools studying finance, as well as trying to develop my interview and coffee chat skills, reading up on finance, and hunting for internships. Are there any books I should read to understand finance, and are there things I should plan to do as a freshman in college to optimize my chances at landing a job at a big firm? I really want to work in investment banking, real estate, or private equity after graduating.
I'm currently reading Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends & Influence People, and Hill's Think and Grow Rich. I plan to read Investment Banking by, and by Klarman and others these upcoming months. I've had a few calls with some successful people I know and an owner of a relatively large wealth management company.