As a former investment banker, I can't help but take concern with young college kids who's shoes I was once in. I totally get why everyone wants to get into wall street: 1) the money 2) creating 'economic value' and speaking with CEO's 3) prestige and status.
I felt the same things. I thought not only was I creating a better life for myself and future family, but I was doing 'good' in the world.
I can't convince anyone otherwise. Some things you'll just have to see for yourself. But for those who aren't thoroughly convinced, I encourage you to keep on digging. A lot of you have good heads on your shoulders. You want to do something meaningful in your lives, and everyone around you from your school, your parents, mainstream society etc. is telling you this is it.
Trust me, the money does nothing more than make it that much more difficult to have a truly loving relationship with friends and family as you can't connect with out it. It also makes us that much more weaker and lost.
Don't make things any more difficult than you have to. If you have any doubt, step back, reflect and re-evaluate before you commit. It gets so much harder to find yourself and pull yourself away from this world, once your in it. And trust me, although most will have to learn the hard way, it will never make you happy. Not your initial analyst job or wherever you go afterwards. Furthermore, there are some real issues and injustices in this world, that require as much help as they can get, perhaps this can be where your talents lie.
For anyone interested, me and my wife have a website you can check out:
I made the leap onto wall street myself, so I can't blame others for doing it. The only advice I will give is always keep your eyes open. Don't get lost. And use your god given intelligence.