Hi Wall Street Oasis, very excited to join this community. I've been lurking for a year now but this is my first ever post, so please excuse me of any infractions of unspoken rules I might break. In essence, I will be applying to colleges within the next month, but I am struggling to write a "Why Cornell," or "Why Stern" essay. I have dedicated myself to investment banking, studying and keeping up with current events about the market and training myself to get along with people of all personalities. In essence, where can I find business-relevant information/statistics about a college/university's program? I'm thinking statistics on placements into bulge bracket, private equity, hedge-fund, and other information regarding how that school do in the grand scheme of "Wallstreet". Any info that can help make my essay personalized for a specific college and its business program (aside from things I can find on their website) is greatly appreciated.
Some background on myself:
1) Paid internship at consulting firm: consisted of extensive usage of Microsoft excel and online index provider to complete their annual alternative investments report. (I was able to sit in during their discussions with representatives at BlackRock and Blackstone. I introduced myself but I doubt they'll remember me a high school student.)
2) Founder and president of school investment club which works with an outside organization to provide high schoolers with opportunities in investment, finance, and networking.
3) Online marketer for Greater Vancouver Youth Business Association, pretty much the same thing as above but outside of school and with a lot more guest speakers. Ranging from entrepreneurs to Harvard Business School, Wharton, and Sloan lecturers.
4) Assisted in the completion of two venture capitalist/ investment banking-esque business plans over the summer with a company in China. One of them was successful and the other still in process.
5) My uncle works for insurance and he says he will likely get me an internship at Wellington is I do well in my freshman year in college. I am very thankful for this opportunity, Wellington is not a name I hear very often (it's not an investment bank so that might be why?). How well is Wellington known?
6) Manages a 50k starting portfolio with 80% returns in the past year.