Post Offer Blues?

This might be better for therapy, but WSO has given me some really good advice so fuck it:

Freshman year I had a little too much fun and landed myself a nice 2.2 GPA. I then realized I wanted to actually do something with my life and worked my ass off to get my GPA up, networked like crazy, and eventually landed myself an offer that I am super excited about at a reputable firm (REPE 50 for all the real estate hardos). Through this process, I really had to change what my priorities were, but by the end of it, I had totally transformed into a real estate hardo. I would flake on hanging out w friends/GF bc I would put off school work during the day to interview, prep for interviews, network, etc. and I couldn't really have a conversation without talking about RE or recruiting. 

I am now in a place where I have accomplished the one thing I have wrapped my entire personality around (landing a solid SA gig), and I have no idea what to do. Part of me is telling me to keep grinding by staying up to date on RE news and deals my future office is doing and keeping in touch with my network. At the same time, I really want to salvage my relationships that have deteriorated through recruiting and actually have fun in college while I still can. I'm trying to find a healthy mix of both, but I am worried that if I lose too much of my competitive edge, then I will not perform as well as I would like this summer.

Has anyone else gone through this and is this common for college students? Would appreciate any advice.

Comments (12)

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Oct 30, 2021 - 1:24pm

Hey I'm currently recruiting for RE and would love to connect to get some advice/tips from you. Could I PM you pls?

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Oct 30, 2021 - 3:11pm

Im in a similar place but when I got my offer. I didn't feel as satisfied as I thought it would be. Like I was hyped when I got the call but now I don't know what to do other than school and party.

Most Helpful
Oct 31, 2021 - 2:40pm

Take some time to relax. Focus on school. Even if this were a full time gig, no one would expect you to come and stay up to date on news. Most of the stuff you read in the real estate papers is old news too. Come into your internship refreshed. Go hang out with your friends and chill. You're not keeping a competitive edge by focusing on real estate real estate real estate. This business is all about relationships and those relationships will propel you. 
As it relates to your network, keep them warm. Stay in touch. But you don't need to talk to them every day and you don't need to talk to someone / network daily. One person, once per week, is totally fine. Even once every other week. Live your life and enjoy in whatever way that means to you. 

  • Intern in RE - Comm
Nov 4, 2021 - 3:16pm

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