Where Are You Guys From

Why not get a little more personal and see what replies we can get. Tell us where you're from and/or the places you've lived.

Don't mind if it gets anon replies for personal reasons, but would be interesting to get to know some more about the community. Maybe a bunch of you are from the same middle of nowhere town... I'll start.

I'm from Chicago and currently live in New York, although have lived in both Minneapolis and Milwaukee before. Plan to stay in NYC but want to live in London/Paris/Spain as well.

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Funniest
Jul 9, 2020

fellow kids

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Jul 9, 2020

What's this, a pedo meme? I'm 25 lol. Just trying to get some laid back conversation on the off topic thread. Feel no need for more political threads and the like.

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Controversial
Jul 9, 2020

Right now I'm living in USA, Earth

But I was born on Equatorial Region, Alpha Centauri Bb, Alpha Centauri System, Milky Way. BB doesn't have an office over there so I had to move after college.

I've been thinking about moving to Mars. Heard the start-up scene is crazy over there.

Financial Data Science

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Jul 11, 2020

I've heard Apollo is opening up a location on Mars. Unfortunately will only be the BO team due to distance to clients.

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  • Prospect in Other
Jul 9, 2020

Browntown... also known as Edison, New Jersey.

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Jul 9, 2020

I know all about Edison. Went to Rutgers

  • Prospect in Other
Jul 9, 2020

Rutgers omg. I don't think any kid from Edison has ever wanted to go to Rutgers, but the vast majority of them end up there anyway.

How was Rutgers?

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  • Intern in IB - Ind
Jul 10, 2020

The SB givers probably have Patel as their last name.
I can say that dw, I am one.

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  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Jul 24, 2020

Visited there once and the food on Oak Tree Road, and specifically Bombay Talk, is amazing.

  • Prospect in Other
Jul 24, 2020

Bombay Talk isn't bad but it's kind of touristy. Oak Tree has two kind of restaurants 1) the kind that locals go to and 2) the kind that visitors go to. Both are incredible and spots like Bombay Talk straddle the two. Rasoi is definitely for visitors because the only brown people in there are the waiters- all the diners are white.

A good rule of thumb is that the quality and taste of the food is inversely proportional to the ambience and appearance of the restaurant. Next time you visit (if at all), try to find a real shithole of a restaurant. As someone that grew up here, I thoroughly recommend it (also recommend bringing water because it is SPICY)

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Jul 9, 2020

Lived in France, Germany, Switzerland, Dubai, London.

Currently living in London, happy to stay there (friends, cools restaurants, night life) or go back to Switzerland (low taxes, close to the mountains & lakes to ski, hike, sail and not far from the sea).

Edit: also keen to try NYC to be at the heart of finance for a year.

Jul 10, 2020

What's your family background?

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Jul 10, 2020

I'll answer both as I am not sure what you are referring to:

Family is french, Dad is nearly C-level for a Fortune 500 company.

Jul 9, 2020

I'm from the UK and currently live in London, and have never lived outside of England. Been to a quite a few foreign countries though

Really didn't want to live in London originally, but had to because thats where IB jobs are - in the end I ended up enjoying living here. I would only consider moving to NYC for the salary bump, but Americans have a v different culture

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Jul 9, 2020
English Hardo:

I'm from the UK and currently live in London, and have never lived outside of England. Been to a quite a few foreign countries though

Really didn't want to live in London originally, but had to because thats where IB jobs are - in the end I ended up enjoying living here. I would only consider moving to NYC for the salary bump, but Americans have a v different culture

Agree we all hate each other. Once saw a Karen wearing a Trump tee yelling at a tatted biker with a MAGA hat to turn his f***ing music down.

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Jul 9, 2020

it's always fun traveling from NYC to virtually anywhere else and discover how nice people are lol

  • Analyst 1 in S&T - Equities
Jul 10, 2020

I live in the UK, and not originally from here, born and raised in France. One thing I've noticed about UK is people are a lot more boring in the office and just keep saying
'having said that' in like every damn sentence like wtf

  • Analyst 1 in AM - Equities
Jul 9, 2020

From Fairfield County, CT now working in NYC. Not exactly a big change, but did go to school in midwest.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jul 9, 2020

Caribbean---> Toronto---> Currently at non target ontario uni

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Jul 9, 2020

From Minneapolis, went to a non-target in the Twin Cities, currently living in NYC, want to live in LA eventually

  • Intern in IB - Ind
Jul 9, 2020

Lol why LA. I am from LA and I don't see myself living here for much longer.

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  • Associate 1 in PE - LBOs
Jul 10, 2020

Why not? I'm not OP but just curious. My best friends from college moved there for jobs and I've always thought about making a move out there post B school (or at least for b school summer). The few times I've travelled there have been excellent for a number of reasons, but I guess anybody can have fun anywhere if they are with the right people. I'm also from a town where any big city is a massive upgrade so could just be greener grass syndrome

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Jul 10, 2020

Not sure. Guess being from the cold up north and now getting my fill in New York, makes LA a logical next step since I am not trying to move to the south or return home to MN.

I like the weather of course, different cultures, and slower pace than NYC, I could have the grass is greener syndrome but I wouldn't move unless I had a family on the way, want to max out NYC years as best I can. Why do you think you'll leave LA?

Jul 9, 2020

this is sparta

What concert costs 45 cents? 50 Cent feat. Nickelback.

Jul 9, 2020

I'm from the western half of Essex County, NJ.

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Jul 10, 2020

Yooooo, greetings from Caldwell

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Jul 11, 2020
StaticallyTyped:

Yooooo, greetings from Caldwell

Couldn't deal with it any longer. Greetings from the other side of the Stickels Bridge. My commute's much easier and the lake house out in Morris County ain't bad either.

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Jul 9, 2020

I'm from Chicago as well OP. I live / work in the chi now but I would love to live out in the northeast near NYC or Boston. I went to school in North Carolina, which was great but very slow paced compared to my above mentioned cities.

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Jul 9, 2020

I grew up in a small suburb of Los Angeles right by Orange County, CA. Went to school in OC. I actually got into a few schools abroad but decided to not go last minute, glad I didn't go honestly (would've been pretty dumb of me in retrospect).

I love it down here but love traveling. I need to travel more when it's safe to do so again.

"The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary." - Nassim Taleb

Jul 9, 2020

From Honolulu, Hawaii
Went to University of Hawaii, Manoa
Currently living on the Mainland (San Francisco)

It appears I like living in high cost of living areas.

Hope to return to Hawaii and raise my kids there. But not yet.

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Jul 10, 2020

What is the finance job scene like in Hawaii? I recall a fairly old WSO thread on the elusive finance professionals in Hawaii but I would be curious to know what you would aim to do for work if you went back to the islands.

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Jul 10, 2020
BillBradleyBaby:

What is the finance job scene like in Hawaii? I recall a fairly old WSO thread on the elusive finance professionals in Hawaii but I would be curious to know what you would aim to do for work if you went back to the islands.

I believe in bringing my own job if I go back to Hawaii. So maybe work remotely doing my current work, while drumming up some business there so that it's not totally remote work.

Finance scene is like any typical medium sized city; however, Honolulu is not a financial hub. It is a tourism mecca. Some public companies, a bunch of real estate development companies, one or two REPEs, sprinkle in some middle market PE, we've got family offices with a diverse geographic investment mandate, Accounting firms, an independent utility (regulators rejected Nextera acquisition), Banks, our own state flagship airline, military, and hotel and restaurant groups. There is a small VC, incubator community. Agriculture technology, clean tech. There is a CFA chapter there. Some pretty cool private business clubs. If you like golf, you'd love it.

Then you have the remote workers; like my friend who does volatility trading from his house for a mainland firm. I have a former UH professor who teaches an online business course in Vietnam (UH Vietnam MBA) at 3am HST. Lots of business with Japan, Korea; some China.

I want to promote WFH in Hawaii, so I don't mind getting more into this. I think it would be good for the people and help diversify the economy. If you ever leave Hawaii, a part of it stays with you. I think it's important that that part is in people when they are in corporate boardrooms or at the highest levels.

My perfect week would be doing deals, teaching my kids to body board and snorkel, and cheer on Hawaii football as they beat a Pac-12 school at Aloha Stadium. I'd have dinner with friends with the freshest sashimi and local cuisine. My company hopefully is employing people with good jobs and teaching them what I've learned. It's a smaller pond so you get to know other professionals really quick. If you think about the future of work, think about where Hawaii could fit in. I think there's something to it.

Hawaii needs global visionaries, capital, products and services to export, and if set up, the talent will be there with a lifestyle that I want to get back.

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Jul 10, 2020

Vigo, Spain. It's in the northwest state of the country, Galicia. Extremely beautiful place, very different from the typical Spanish topic (the mediterranean region: flamenco, paella, etc), being similar to Ireland or Scotland inland, and with incredible beaches in the coast. I really encourage you to visit this region if you travel to Spain!

Quality of life is great, but salaries are quite low, and if you want a top job, there's nothing. Finance industry, literally non-existent. So I've been in Madrid for the last two years, and now moving to London in September.

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Jul 10, 2020

Vigo is on my list! Looks gorgeous and the beaches look promising for surfing

Whats the best way to get there?

Jul 12, 2020
carrera_pcl:

Vigo, Spain. It's in the northwest state of the country, Galicia. Extremely beautiful place, very different from the typical Spanish topic (the mediterranean region: flamenco, paella, etc),

I've visited Galicia - Santiago de Compostela. Its a cool area. I didn't get over to Vigo though. Do you speak Gallegan?

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jul 24, 2020

also, is it necessary to speak Gallegan? in Barca, despite all signage being in Catalan, Spanish was the lengua franca

Jul 15, 2020

Celta Vigo? I always rooted for them or Deportivo. ;)

Jul 27, 2020

Long live Iago Aspas

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Aug 4, 2020

Well, Celta and Deportivo have always been absolute rivals... and I have to say that today is the worst moment to be a Deportivo supporter hahaha (for those that don't know, they have just descended to Second Division B, basically semi-professional football xddd)

Jul 10, 2020

Wuhan.

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Jul 10, 2020

Nice post, FED

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  • Analyst 3+ in RE - Comm
Jul 10, 2020

Born and raised in Potomac, MD --> went to UCLA --> work in New York --> want to move to Texas when the time is right.

Texans, debate the better city - Austin, Dallas, Houston

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  • Prospect in Other
Jul 10, 2020

not really a debate, almost everyone from HTX/DTX who's lived in Austin either for school or work have it ranked 1. the main convo is people from HTX/DTX arguing for second. that said, don't move here.

  • Analyst 3+ in RE - Comm
Jul 10, 2020

Haha, why the "don't move here"?

  • Analyst 1 in PE - LBOs
Jul 11, 2020

Austin > Dallas > Houston

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Jul 10, 2020

Wu Yi

Jul 10, 2020

Been in Mass my whole life. Might be moving to Scottsdale late fall. I'm excited and always wanted to move out of New England, but now that it is an actual possibility it is making me nervous tbh.

Jul 15, 2020

PM me if you have any Q's. Went to HS in Mass and college at ASU (15-20 mins from Scottsdale).

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Jul 10, 2020

I live in Dallas. Went to University of Texas and William & Mary.

Would love to move to Louisville, KY of all places. I love it there.

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jul 10, 2020

Why Louisville? I'm a native and weird to see it brought up on this site

  • Analyst 1 in PE - Other
Jul 10, 2020

Born and raised in Miami, FL

Went to school in Chicago

Currently live in southwestern Georgia

  • Analyst 2 in RE - Comm
Jul 24, 2020

Southwest Georgia what up

  • Analyst 1 in PE - Other
Jul 24, 2020

Never thought I'd find someone else. What are you doing down here?

Jul 10, 2020

From the NE (Boston, NYC etc) area originally from Ethiopia

Jul 12, 2020
FrannieMae:

From the NE (Boston, NYC etc) area originally from Ethiopia

Serious question - did you grow up eating with just your hands or did you use utensils? Or was it just special meals that you ate with your hands in a bonding type of meal?

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jul 10, 2020

From here
maly fiat

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Jul 10, 2020

Grew up in NJ, went to school in NYC, ended up in Orange County CA (Irvine/Newport Beach) for FT. I want to work abroad in London/Europe, but I'm also very open to moving back to the east coast. After being in CA a few years, I just don't think it's for me.

Jul 10, 2020

what don't you like about it? I lived in LA like 15 years ago for just under a year and don't really remember that much of it tbh

Jul 10, 2020

Born, raised, and going to college in the Philadelphia suburbs. Pretty cool area imo

I'm a fun guy. Obviously I love the game of basketball. I mean there's more questions you have to ask me in order for me to tell you about myself. I'm not just gonna give you a whole spill... I mean, I don't even know where you're sitting at

Jul 11, 2020

And you picked that username? God damnit it still stings.

I thought I was the only philly guy left on here.

Jul 11, 2020

Lol yeah that was a rough shot; it ruined my NBA hype and Mother's Day 2019. But I chose the username long before that series because I admire Kawhi Leonard a lot. He can score from anywhere, make plays, rebound, guard any position, and succeed as both a role player and a superstar - all while keeping his head down and staying quiet. On a more positive note, I can't wait for the NBA to resume later this month, and I am really looking forward to seeing what a healthy Sixers team can accomplish after the hiatus.

I'm a fun guy. Obviously I love the game of basketball. I mean there's more questions you have to ask me in order for me to tell you about myself. I'm not just gonna give you a whole spill... I mean, I don't even know where you're sitting at

Jul 27, 2020

West Delco over here. Philly suburbs were great.

  • Associate 1 in Other
Jul 11, 2020

From Caribbean, moved to USA for university and now working full time. Want to move to Spain for a few years then move back to home country

Jul 11, 2020

North Jersey.

I would guess that a huge portion of WS, perhaps the majority, is from North Jersey, Long Island, and NYC. Curious if there are any stats on it.

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Jul 11, 2020

Says the stereotypical, daft Asian female transplant. Fuck off, you're not even from America

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Jul 11, 2020

I wonder how you could even look at yourself in the mirror without feeling embarrassed. Lmao. Do the entire world a favor and stand by your comment with your real identity so that no one will have to work with a racist in a disguise like you. AHAHAHAHA

Also, it is a shame that I was born here, because in many ways, the US is like a third world country. But you wouldn't know that the US is like a third world country because you grew up in a dumb white household with airhead white parents. In addition, white people like you are losing power.

EDIT: I screenshoted your comment for record purposes.

And FYI, absolute anonymity does not exist.

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  • Analyst 1 in RE - Comm
Jul 11, 2020

Imagine thinking NYC is actually a place people want to be

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Jul 11, 2020

Only rednecks like you, intern in IB-M&A, and Analyst 1 think that way.

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Jul 11, 2020

From Southern California and work in LA

Jul 11, 2020

Israel > SoCal > NorCal > China > Singapore > Hong Kong (current location)

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Jul 11, 2020

Helsinki.

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Jul 12, 2020
huippu:

Helsinki.

0:23

I say Geneva, you hear Helsinki?!!?

40 million fucking Deutschmark, Bob!!!!

lol

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jul 11, 2020

From a Dunkin' Donuts in N.East

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Jul 11, 2020

I've lived in Turkey and Hong Kong. I'm moving to London in september for a graduate proprietary trading position; really hyped about it. I would recommend HK for front office internships/jobs as there is little to no income tax. The BBs usually also pay for your rent in a prestigious part of the city(yes even for interns).

Jul 11, 2020

"Hey everybody! Why not get a little bit more personal? Go ahead and dox yourself for me, whenever you get a chance. I'm 25 lol."

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jul 11, 2020

Okay boomer, it's not like we're giving out names and employers

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Jul 11, 2020

Wow, everyone is laughing. Thanks

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Jul 11, 2020

Grew up in Washington State, came to MA for college, moving to NYC at the end of this month...long-term goal: Midwest/Texas

Jul 11, 2020

Northern Ontario Canada -----> Target in Southern Ontario

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jul 11, 2020

Ivey hardooooo

Jul 11, 2020

California

Jul 11, 2020

Jackson Heights, New York

Jul 15, 2020
username567:

Jackson Heights, New York

My bro!

Jul 11, 2020

Grew up in a small town in India. Worked in Bangalore and Mumbai. Currently live and work in Singapore. Would want to work in Europe/ UK in the future.

Jul 12, 2020

Kiev ukraine, Chicago for a bit, some shitty suburbs, some nicer suburbs, then chicago proper. Few different apartments and bummed in a dorm and shit. Apartments in Pilsen and little village mostly. Then first house in mckinley park still chicago. Then second house in Berwyn that's a suburb 20 min west of the city. And I'd really love to love someplace with far fewer people and far more nature and a much slower pace of life. But we just had a baby and providing stability for her is like my #1 shit so idk if another move is gonna be feasible for a long time. And plus we just moved here a year ago and I'm still nowhere near done setting this house up. And it's not work I enjoy. So if we do this shit again I need the kind of money where everything is done for me. I'm not fucking spending three years doing cable management I refuse.

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/

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  • Associate 2 in Consulting
Jul 12, 2020

Came to UK when I was around 5-6. Lived in Kent then moved to SE London when I was 10/11. Lived there ever since in different places. Really want to move out now.

Thinking of places like Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks or any place really which has a 30-45m direct commute to London Bridge/Liverpool Str/Cannon Street. Although I don't know if I'll stay consulting long term in which case Victoria is also important commuter hub....dunno what to do.

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Jul 12, 2020

In no particular order:

Ohio (Oxford), Panama (Ft. Clayton), Bejing (China), Valencia (Spain), Charleston (SC), San Antonio (TX), Biloxi (MS), Virginia (DC area), NYC (East Village), SoCal (Encinitas)

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jul 12, 2020

All over. What do you do for a living?

Jul 13, 2020

Father was in military, I was in military, was in corporate finance, management consulting, caregiving, neuroscience research intern, art design, poker, wantrepreneur - lol

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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  • Analyst 2 in CorpFin
Jul 13, 2020

Where did you live in Charleston? I currently live on Daniel Island.

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Jul 13, 2020

I currently live in Mt. Pleasant

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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  • Analyst 1 in Other
Jul 24, 2020

You go to Miami? Cant think of too much else going on in Oxford lol

Jul 24, 2020

My Dad was stationed there as head of the Navy ROTC unit - yeah at Miami University.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jul 26, 2020

I was a (way) uptown girl for a bit, living north of Columbia on Broadway. Now that I'm a downtown man commuting in on the PATH seems to make more sense. (cue musical interlude)

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jul 12, 2020
  • Memphis, TN
  • Vancouver, CAN
  • Seattle, WA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jul 12, 2020

big west coast guy eh

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jul 13, 2020

I'm a fan of the legal herb

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Jul 12, 2020

South Park, Colorado

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Jul 22, 2020

dude you're so funny even when you're not trying to be funny

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jul 12, 2020

The United State of Massachusetts

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Jul 14, 2020

*Commonwealth

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  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
Jul 13, 2020

Scottsdale -> Austin -> Houston

Can probs guess my school and industry lol

Jul 14, 2020

UT Austin , Oil & Gas ?

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  • Senior VP in RE - Other
Jul 13, 2020

Montreal, Canada

  • Prospect in IB - Ind
Jul 15, 2020

Shoutout MTL baby

Jul 16, 2020

Need to finally learn French and just move there, really liked that city after I took a 13 hour train to get there. How's the job market for non-French speakers (who may eventually learn French)?

  • Senior VP in RE - Other
Jul 16, 2020

It's a fun small city if you don't hate snow & cold but the majority of the finance jobs (really small market) are at public pension funds (CDPQ, PSP). You won't have a problem getting a job if you don't speak french. e.g. at PSP ($150M+ AUM) they mostly communicate in english because there are a ton of non french speakers that they recruit from outside Quebec.

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  • Intern in S&T - Equities
Jul 13, 2020

Chengdu (China) -> Beijing (China) -> currently going to a top school in the Midwest -> hopefully Tokyo (Japan)

  • Prospect in IB - ECM
Jul 13, 2020

Netherlands

  • Intern in AM - Other
Jul 13, 2020

From Hong Kong, going to school in NOLA, now back in Hong Kong for an internship

  • Analyst 3+ in RE - Comm
Jul 14, 2020

Geaux Tigers

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  • Intern in AM - Other
Jul 14, 2020

I don't go to that school specifically but heard its fun!!!

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Jul 14, 2020

Stockholm, Sweden

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Jul 15, 2020

Cleveland, OH > Chicago, IL > London, UK > Chicago again

Jul 15, 2020

My mother

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jul 15, 2020

Currently in London.

Home:

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  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Jul 15, 2020

Wow, where is this?

Jul 24, 2020

Some of us just look out our windows and shake our heads. The WTC memorial and Lady Liberty are nice.

Jul 24, 2020

I've heard the women in Serbia are top notch. nice

Jul 15, 2020

India >> Hong Kong
would love to work in Paris

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Jul 15, 2020

Manhattan Beach -> Boston -> Phoenix -> NYC

Currently back in LA, but would love to work in Sydney or Melbourne.

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Jul 15, 2020

Central NJ, Rutgers, NYC -- let's rage

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  • Associate 1 in CorpFin
Jul 22, 2020

From Michigan, suburbs of Detroit. Went to U-M. Now in the SF Bay Area

  • Trader in Other
Jul 24, 2020

Milwaukee, WI

Tulsa, OK

Boston, MA

NYC

Jul 24, 2020

From Vietnam, currently based in Sydney

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Jul 24, 2020

Born in Hungary, raised in France, started working in Paris and now in Brussels

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jul 26, 2020

I thought I would've seen at least one North Shore Chicago person by now. Seems I overestimated my winnetka, kenilworth, glencoe friends

Jul 26, 2020
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  • Analyst 3+ in CorpFin
Jul 27, 2020
  • Analyst 1 in RE - Comm
Jul 27, 2020
Jul 29, 2020
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Vincet Voluntas - Will shall win

Jul 29, 2020
Aug 4, 2020
  • Intern in IB-M&A
Aug 5, 2020