What is life. Is it just finance until death?

As I eat my thanksgiving leftover, I can't but ponder how my would currently be without WSO.

So, prior to all this I was having a great time in college. Partying, unprotected sex with random sorority girls until my friend told me he was going into IB at BOA. He introduced me to this world and told me what WSO was and i've dreaded life ever since. I am now addicted to checking WSO daily, worrying about my future 24/7 only making new friends if they can help with my career advancement.

I realized how bad it is now because all I care about is making more money. I view careers other than finance, tech, big law, doctors as a useless career. I'm already thinking about how I can send my kids to le rosey and i am only 22. I guess I grew up upper middle class. lived in a million dollar home which I now consider the minimum and don't realize how major that is.

Just received a FT at a BB so I guess life is good since I stressed to be here, so now what next. I don't know if I'm having an existential crisis because all i've been worrying about is how I can be rich asf and that my parents are not rich enough. To put in context my parents just bought a $2.5 million home which is great my friends think my family is rich I don't think so. I think we are average and cant help comparing myself to my friends whose having an home in the aspen or in Greece.

If anyone ever experience this how did you beat this?

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Nov 27, 2021 - 7:50pm

You need a reality check - a $2.5M home is insane even with inflation and rising housing costs.

Your first job after college will put you in the Top 0.1% of earners for your age bracket. If you stay in that industry, you will be in the 1% your entire life.

Also, viewing careers other than those that pay the most as useless? Get a fucking grip. Sounds like your entire personality is tied to the job you haven't even started.

Odd flex about unprotected sex with sorority girls. The fact you're posting anonymously and included such an irrelevant statement makes me think you're a troll.

You really need to do some self reflection and figure your shit out.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Dec 3, 2021 - 12:22am

This might be wrong, but I don't think you become the 1% of humanity because you make top $. Or is everyone's self worth tied to their net worth? 

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Nov 28, 2021 - 5:39pm

2.5 million is not a lot bro. and how how do I have no perspective? I had to work for everything and not sure if I even have a safety net like a trust.

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Nov 28, 2021 - 5:56pm

1) It was a joke, but I guess that's my fault for expecting someone as tone deaf as you to get that 

2) "unprotected sex with random sorority girls"

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Dec 3, 2021 - 12:17am

wow just going to say I completely resonate with your entire post. Everything from checking WSO daily, worrying about future 24/7, can i see these friends having some high-powered position in the future, only caring about making money, careers that are acceptable (fin/tech/law/doctor), sending future kids to boarding school (also seriously thought about le rosey), million dollar home not being enough (always news about some BX partner buying some penthouse suite in nyc for like 40mm), etc. 

Also still in college as well

... I guess this is normal ?

  • Associate 2 in IB-M&A
Dec 3, 2021 - 1:21pm

No one cares about your first-class upper-crust ivy-league depression. Your problems are driven by guilt and expectations created within an environment where you are given so many things that are inaccessible to 99% of the world. So your depression is myopic and idiotic. There are people out there with real problems. You don't have that.

If you really need some advice, go buy a drone (or give in to some other form of material consumption) or go read Kant or Nietzsche (or give in to some other form of intellectual consumption) or go double check your comps. That's what everyone else does. 

Dec 13, 2021 - 12:12am

I feel the same way, sort of... I didn't grow up rich, or even upper middle class, and I've worked shit jobs through high school/college. I've always dreamed of being successful, and once I found out about IB and WSO, all I can focus on is trying to break in from a non-target school. I don't have a trust fund or an MD father, but I'm hoping I can make it anyways. So I sorta see what you're saying

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