As a student in Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, nearly half of my classmates are majoring in finance. When I go to meet with a drop-in advisor, I go to the EY Peer Advisors department, because it’s sponsored by Ernst and Young. Every day, on my way to class, there’s a table setup in my school’s lobby boasting about some consulting or finance firm and giving away a plethora of free merchandise. It’s in our school’s blood, and quite frankly, it’s a bit annoying. Instead of cultivating a “fleet” of students ready to change the world, my classmates are competing with each other as to who gets to work 70 hour excel-crunching weeks at the top investment bank. It’s soulless and disheartening. On the other hand, however, there’s less competition for the more unique and interesting jobs. Take it as you will.

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