While I truly admire the determination and grind of younger students to land a solid SA role, these freshman hardos need to settle down. Here are a few examples:
1) Last week, I met a first semester freshman who's "totally full-send IB". He told me that he dropped $500 on a 2-day financial modeling session (daddy's money of course) and that he'll be looking at GS/JPM/MS for his freshman summer.
2) The next day, I encounter yet another freshman hardo on campus. He approaches my friend and I and we all get to talking. Pretty chill guy, the conversation is flowing well, and we crack a few jokes. He then shifts the chat to IB and starts flexing about how much he knows about it, claims that he can "list off every BB and boutique on the street", and asks to see both of our LinkedIn profiles.
3) Third guy, same week. Claims that he wants to make it to "M&A MD in 5 years and become a millionaire by age 30". I ask him what "M&A" stands for and the kid literally freezes. Pls fix.
Freshman hardos, at the end of the day, I love to see you grinding, but if you want to be taken seriously, start by taking the lanyard with your school ID and room key off your neck.