Ok guys so this is something that's been on my mind for a while. Kind of drunk typing this but hey why not.
I go to a non-target / borderline semi-target. Think Rutgers or American. Maybe quite good in the mind of the common man, but in high finance we all know my school's currency is worth jack shit.
I'll save the details for a future AMA but basically I came here for personal reasons (I had a 2300+ SAT, got into ivies). Hustled like hell starting from the summer before freshman year. I did BB summers in both my sophomore and junior year, and then I delayed graduation another year due to personal reasons. This summer I will be going to a megafund in their credit team, the only non-target in their roster. The MF does not give returns, but has superb track record of placing into FT at top EBs/BBs.
All the places I've worked since sophomore year have been filled with the Ivy League. I know it's really silly, but I can't seem to ever lose the huge chip on my shoulder from coming from a shitty school. Would it be stupid of me to apply for a masters program at a prestigious target? I can get decent attention from BBs with my current resume, but I just feel like having that target school degree opens doors and puts you into a complete different "club".
My goals are to be in a megafund doing opportunistic credit or LBOs after a 2 year stint at a BB, which would be fully achievable with my current degree. But....I just feel so out of place and I hate how some people act surprised when someone like me lands a megafund role in college. If I do a 2-year MFin, I will be 26 entering as an analyst - would that be weird?