WSO Intern and an overdue (and long) thank you!

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First and very much foremost, I wholly understand that this isn't so much a 'success story' as much as it is an attempt to inject hope and a different perspective into those who are/were in a similar situation. This site has given me so much, and now that I have extra time being home for the Holidays, I wanted to share and express my utmost gratitude to WSO.

Let's rewind to the end of April 2013. I had just wrapped up my freshman year at a wonderful Non-Target. Our version of OCR? Target and 7-11 (serious). My GPA after year 1 was a stellar 3.0.

Summer was about to begin, and after almost being overwhelmed with consuming the content on WSO and trying to make sense of the abbreviations and info [what is GS, M7, BB, SB, TMT??] I found myself at the bottom of a huge cliff to climb considering my prospects for anything finance related was zero. Until, of course, I see the WSO SEO intern position. I applied, and within a week spoke to Andy. Sure, it wasn't at a BB, boutique, PWM shop, or HF (can continue with abbreviations...) but it was a start.

Next was networking. Just having "Wall Street Oasis" on my resume as a 'rising' sophomore made my cold-emails a tad warmer. I reached out for roughly two months (June/July) to land anything. I didn't care where/what I would be doing. In the meantime I started rigorously studying and reading the guides: behavioral, technical and networking. By the end of July I narrowed down on three places: a PWM firm, small accounting shop, and a very reputable PE group. Were all three a long shot? Absolutely. "Why would they hire me..."

Accounting fell through to an upperclassman (never interviewed), and the PWM gig seemed less and less desirable. The advisors came off, and pardon my brevity, as dicks. We set an interview for mid-August, and Mr. FINRA cancelled two days before.

Last was the PE group, and as a testament to my stupidity, I never sent the drafted cold e-mail to the alumni whom was an associate. But, what did it matter? The fall semester was starting the following week and I was just about SOL. The long shot e-mail goes out on Tues morning; I receive a response around noon asking to pass along resume and if I was able to come in for an interview on Thursday, just two days later. As the idiom states, it was 'out of nowhere'. This opportunity was the least probable of any. I drive the 50 miles to City A from City B, interview, and an hour later had the internship for the semester.

For the previous four months, my week has consisted of: interning three/four days (27-36 hours) unpaid, while working my high school job (LOL) on the weekends for cash (12 hours). Balancing a full college course load among this was a challenge to say the least. Grades were released yesterday; my GPA is now a 3.4+ after a great semester. Best part of it all? I got the return intern/offer (and paid) for the spring semester, and an opportunity to spend the summer in NY with a big boy fund via a GP's contact.

Again, is all of this a big deal? Not at all. It's minuscule and very insignificant compared to other postings and people on here. However, I KNOW this would not have been possible without WSO.

All it takes is one person to say yes. That's it.

THANK YOU WSO!

Disclaimer:
My courses were mostly live streamed so I didn't have to physically be in class (Texas curriculum).
Too many questions that I answer rhetorically? Yes.

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Comments (24)

Dec 14, 2013

great job man. Keep it up.

Dec 15, 2013

Thank you! From one soph to another! Best of luck man! UNC plans..?

Dec 15, 2013

Congrats man, I can attest that having WSO on your resume generates interest. @AndyLouis and @WallStreetOasis.com created a great system.

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Dec 15, 2013

I agree! They've created an incredible system! And congrats to you on the $384 call haha!!

Dec 15, 2013

I like your humility. And forget about comparing yourself to the others with success stories here. We're all toasting one to you.

Keep going and good hustle.

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Dec 15, 2013

You're the absolute best MH!! Again, thank you.

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Dec 15, 2013

thanks for posting your story! glad the internship was directly beneficial for you :)

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Dec 16, 2013

gjdm, happy for you
keep the good work up

Dec 15, 2013
animalz:

gjdm, happy for you

keep the good work up

Had to look up gjdm, but thanks a bunch! (@DickFuld)

Mr. Manager:

Congratulations man, love hearing stories like this. Keep it up!

!gracias! I enjoy following your posts Mr. M!

Anihilist:

How are you at a non-target if Target recruits at your school? Hmm...

Jokes aside, congrats and keep up the good work. Good luck going forward.

Ha!! We're a target for Target. Always remember: expect more, pay less.

liv229:

Shit out of luck, general partner.

Bingo!

Dec 16, 2013

Congrats and thanks for the highly inappropriate @mention.

Please tell @AndyLouis and @wallstreetoasis.com that I said that they should be as good to their employees as I have been. (They should pay you in RSUs that only convert to common in bankruptcy)

Dec 16, 2013

Nice!

Dec 16, 2013

@FCP4 , thank YOU for your help with our SEO Intern program...we're now using a lot of the contacts you guys made to get some great guest posting opportunities :-)

Dec 16, 2013

Congratulations man, love hearing stories like this. Keep it up!

Dec 16, 2013

How are you at a non-target if Target recruits at your school? Hmm...

Jokes aside, congrats and keep up the good work. Good luck going forward.

Dec 16, 2013

What does SOL & GP's mean?

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Dec 16, 2013

Shit out of luck, general partner.

Dec 16, 2013

Congrats!

Dec 15, 2013

Sounding like a broken record, but the feedback from you guys has been unbelievable. Many thanks td.

Dec 22, 2013

Great story, congrats on your success!

"When you stop striving for perfection, you might as well be dead."

Dec 15, 2013

Thanks, Evan! Wishing you the best!

Dec 28, 2013

Congrats, nice to hear about this story :)

Jan 18, 2014

congrats

Mar 15, 2014