For me, New York is comfortable, not strange.
its-notcomplicated asked: Can you talk more about how you lost your passion for journalism and maybe try and explain why. Next fall, I'm majoring in Poli Sci& Journalism. You've wrote for publications I've dreamed of writing for and I thought some of your pieces were excellent so I just find it very interesting you made a dramatic shift and would like to hear more about it. I'd be terrified of having that happen to me. Did you always like math? Maybe that's a better question too. What sparked your interest in finance?
First off, I am so flattered that you’ve read my pieces! I am really glad that you liked them.
Secondly, I have been discussing my transition with many people and have come to multiple conclusions why I made such a drastic career change:
1. One reason is that I stumbled upon a personal finance book on accident. This was a rather basic book that taught me how to read a balance sheet, how to do some basic accounting, how to read a lease and sign up for a credit card. However, there was a chapter on stocks and stock investing that really interested me. What I have not told most people, however, is that months earlier I was in talks with a woman named Hilary Kramer, a contributor on Fox Business, about possibly working with her after school. She inspired me to want to do TV journalism, however, the more I looked at her career, the more I began to become intrigued by her stock tips, rather than her on-air presence. So, reading the chapter in this personal finance book, only piqued my curiosity.
2. Part of getting older means being able to support yourself, so I thought that investing in a stock portfolio to make extra cash would be a good way to get a more well-rounded view of money. So, I bought a book on investing in stocks and began to invest in the market. Then, as I read up on stocks, I began to read up on fundamental and technical analysis, then the fundamentals of corporate finance, and so on. The rest of my knowledge I have acquired through mentors, networking and my CFA courses.
3. You are majoring in political science and journalism. That takes a lot of thought and a lot of hard work. It also takes a lot of intelligence. Unfortunately (or fortunately, maybe), every time I worked at a magazine or newspaper I was always doing features work. I am sure you know this, but features work often covers the “hot” new restaurant or the fun party that you missed in the local papers or magazines. As I got older, I realized that I was - no offense - too smart for that kind of work. I am someone who constantly wants to better myself and exercise my brain; finance gave me the chance to put both of those wants to work. Not only was I excited about something again, but I was learning so much in a short span of time. I also felt like I was contributing something more to the world than just writing something like, “Wow! Look at this great party you weren’t invited to!” Those things are fun to do on your own time, but I would never want to make a career out of it. Perhaps it might be someone’s dream job, but after having done it for so long, I began to realize that it just wasn’t for me.
Apologies for the long winded answer, but thank you so much for asking such an interesting question. Overall, finance has given me a chance to learn a new trade and I absolutely love it!
On the other hand, I wish you luck in your journalism career. If you ever need help getting your feet off the ground, obviously I have some contacts I could potentially put you in touch with.
Thanks again and write on!
herestothewildflowers asked: hi, i know you mentioned ing your FAQ that you will not answer questions regarding NYU, but i just want to know if it's really that hard to get in? I wouldn't mind if you don't answer! :) I understand. I see NYC as a paradise and NYU is my dream school. I can reaaally use some background or something? Thank you sooo much! God, i sound annoying :( :) PS: your blog is sooooo nice... You're so lucky to live there :) Thank you for bringing me New York!
There are statistics available online and if you really want to know, you may want to contact a representative in the admissions office.
I am sorry, I cannot help you. But thank you for the blog love!
velle-ities asked: Hi! I'm currently a freshmen in college in DC and I want to transfer my junior year to a school in NYC. I'm currently a finance major and I was just wondering what you find so interesting about finance?
Great question! I think what I find so interesting about finance is the fact that the industry is so versatile. In my time networking at various firms, not only have I been able to sit with people who perform various roles for these companies, but finance is also home to some of the most diverse educational backgrounds.
I think that this is poignant because it allows people to pursue a career or division in wherever they believe their strengths are. For example, someone who has very good quantitative skills might want to work in the strats business unit, while someone with a more liberal arts background might want to work more on the regulatory side. I think that this is the beauty of the industry: you can thrive in the workplace as long as you put the skills that you have to work, but are also willing to learn more.
This is the position I am in now: currently, I work in investment banking, which is a good start for me as I am just breaking into the industry. However, I know that I want to work with securities. But, because I am so new to finance, I realize that will come later as I am just starting out. Until then, I am educating myself and taking CFA courses so I can better prepare myself for that division - or any other position I might find myself in - in the future.
I hope that this answered your question!
I get out of the taxi and it’s probably the only city which in reality looks better than on the postcards, New York.
zaiguu asked: Share 10 things about yourself, then send this to 10 of your favorite followers! :)
Thank you, zaiguu!
1. I have an unhealthy obsession with adding a GIF to every question that lands in my inbox.
2. When people ask me what I watch on TV, I really can’t answer the question because I watch everything from the Real Housewives to Bob’s Burgers, and The First 48 to Fawlty Towers.
3. I am really not a fan of the fashion industry (sorry, pretty much everyone on Tumblr), but I can appreciate a well put together outfit and enjoy dressing nicely.
4. I used to want to be a journalist, and after working at Interview, the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, and being published in Vogue and Manhattan Magazine, I seem to have lost a passion for the industry.
5. I work in finance, which I think is one of the coolest and most fascinating jobs in the world.
6. In my spare time, I act in comedy shows because I used to want to be a comedic actress back in my early days.
7. My favorite comedian is George Carlin, rest his soul.
8. My favorite book is The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion.
9. If I could dine with one person, alive or dead, it would be Sidney Weinberg, an Ashkenazi Jew who ascended his way from janitor’s assistant on a $3/week salary at Goldman Sachs to head of the firm.
10. I read approximately one book a week.