Why does every highschool kid want to be in IB
As you can see from my name, I fit the script, but its more of a joke. There are so many opportunities in finance (even entry level) and it seems that kid who is going to an ivy league wants to be an investment banker. Then when I ask some kids if they actually know what a banker does, they have no clue except "invest in the stock market". Its cool and all to have some aspirations but I just saw some incoming freshman make a spreadsheet of alums at a school for IB. Between the hardo losers like that guy and the non-hardo CS/Humanities smart kid, all I see is obsessed kids. Bankers here, is this normal? Of course its a competitive industry but do you all really want to work with these losers? Maybe it is just from my perspective that I am seeing this, but what ever happened to semi-cool driven people. I am no ivy-caliber, and I will probably end up at a semi-target and have to grind my way there, but I plan on actually enjoying college somewhat. I have talked to a couple senior bankers and other than the usual "get good grades in college and network" I was told that there are only 4 years of college, and 40 years of corporate BS so I should have fun in college while I can. I would bet one million dollars that the spreadsheet kid would suck off an MD for an internship position. Most of these WSO HS kids have no life, at least that is what it seems like. Bankers, were you preparing for IB in HS? I love finance and love reading the classics from Graham to the new hot shots like Dalio, but I wouldn't call myself obsessed. So far, every single kid who is going to an Ivy and claims they want to be an investment banker has sounded like a complete loser with no friends. Heck, maybe to you all I fit the hardo description except I am not a smart ivy kid and I am without the 4.0 and 1600. Hot take, and hate me if you want, but can I hear some bankers opinions on all of this? Why the obsession?