I am very new to this but I thought I would post something I feel many of us students have thought about at some point in time. This may be more tailored to first-gen, low-income, students who attend non-targets. Can apply to others as well so feel free to critique?
You spend hours at school, hold a part time, commute, and have large responsibilities making sure your home is stable. All this with little to no complaints. Yes, I know life is hard. It took until the end of your sophomore fall semester to find out what Investment Banking is. You suddenly become infatuated with the idea of making it to Wall Street. You go out, get involved in school, join development programs, network, etc. The odds are against you but you've read the several success stories of other students who broke into Wall Street after being in the same position you are currently in. Reading and learning becomes a daily habit you never thought you would develop. Although we know who our competition is, we don't give up. We want the knowledge, the experience of working on deals, valuating companies, doing shit that was once a fantasy, and of course, proving momma didn't raise no bitch.
Our minds are pacing back and forth trying to do what we can to create opportunities that were never handed to us. Whether it be at work, in class, or in bed, you suddenly think about an idea that can potentially be something big. You actually pitch the idea to potential clients, professors, etc. It ends up receiving positive feedback. You want to continue working on this. Suddenly, you think about Investment Banking. Then you think about entrepreneurship. You realize that both can bring major success, but neither are guaranteed.
What do you choose? Dedicating all your time to joining the community of the smartest individuals and gaining experience that only a special few get to receive? Or do you work on becoming "your own boss?" Given that both entrepreneurs and IB analyst can potentially work the same amount of hours, workload isn't an issue.
I don't know if anybody is currently going through this or may have gone through this. How do you even tackle this?