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 [, M7, , SB, ??] 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, , or (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!
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.