As I am getting close to interviewing for some internships, I wanted to wrap up my answer for one of the questions that I am having the hardest time putting into words. Here is a little about myself: I was a science major back in college but later decided to pursue finance. I still don't have any direct experience but I am interested in investment management. My reasons for being in finance are not like the others. I guess I am mostly interested in the intersection of where science and finance meet. I have always wanted to impact/change the world but with science/medicine I realized that I will be just stuck in some lab, or be another piece in a bureaucratic machine. Also, no matter how smart or skilled you are, in the end money makes the world go 'round, and even the greatest scientists need funding to put their ideas to work. So I decided to change my approach and pursue finance first. I still have interest in science, but I will work on that in a decade or two, and also learn on the side.
So, I don't know how to give a 2-3 sentence answer without sounding delusional/arrogant when I am asked why I want to work in finance. Besides the reasons above, I am interested in investing (mostly value) because of the out of the box strategic thinking, the fact that it's a results based field, the interconnections of finance and other industries, the competitive nature, and that there is no upside limit. Money also plays a role, but I look at money as a resource, not a luxury. Everyone wants to be rich and drive a Ferrari, and so do I, but in comparison with my other reasons it pales in comparison. To sum it up, I have an elitist and bigger than life mentality and I know that to have any type of impact in the world I need to become a player first.
Some of the answers that I see on this forum don't make sense and sound very simplistic. Having the answer for why you want to pursue something is probably one of the top five decisions one can make in a lifetime. I would appreciate the insights of people with a similar mentality/background. Thank you.