Underprivileged Student Interviews

Check out how these students overcame their underprivileged upbringing and didn’t let that stop them from defying the odds and breaking into investment banking

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Will (USC)

Overcame His Low-Income Upbringing to Landing an Offer From Centerview

Our student Will comes from a low-income family, and had to take out loans and work part-time just to go to USC. Despite WSMM being a major financial investment for him, he did what most in his position would be too scared to do and invested in himself. Within 4 months, he had secured 3 offers. He will be going to Centerview, one of the most elite and selective banks on Wall Street (annual class size <20). Hear him talk about how it feels to completely change not only his own life, but that of his family's.

Rukhsar (Baruch College)

Low Income First Generation College Student Landed Multiple Top Tier Offers

Our student Rukhsar is a first generation college student from a low income family. She initially attended community college to save money but transferred to Baruch as early as she could just to recruit for investment banking. During the COVID pandemic, her dad lost his job so she ended up working two jobs totaling 70 hours a week to help pay the bills. Despite all of these obstacles, she persevered, invested in Wall Street Mastermind and secured three top offers including UBS and Jefferies.

Vincent (Temple)

From Growing Up Homeless and Non-Target School to Bulge Bracket Bank

Our student Vincent had such a tough time growing up that he was homeless at one point. To pay for college, he took out a massive amount of student loans, which really put the pressure on him to graduate with a high paying job like investment banking. As a non-target student, the odds were stacked against him. But after sitting on the fence for almost a year, he finally joined Wall Street Mastermind and got the help he needed to secure a bulge bracket offer.

Isaac (BYU)

Used WSMM to Go From Accounting Recruiting to IB at Morgan Stanley

Our student Isaac initially planned on doing accounting. By the time he realized that he actually wanted to go into investment banking, it was already halfway through sophomore year. Knowing he was late to the game, he joined WSMM to give himself the best chance at beating out his competition. Hear him talk about the difference between WSMM and other career programs like SEO, and how he ultimately was able to secure an offer from Morgan Stanley.

Kevin (Florida A&M)

From Non-Target MBA Program to Multiple Bulge Bracket Offers

Our student Kevin had been dreaming of IB for 15 years before joining WSMM. In between, he tried entrepreneurship, worked in ministry, served in the Army, got a Masters in Finance, and worked at a state prison. Unable to break into IB, he decided to join WSMM during his MBA program at Florida A&M. Hear how he landed multiple bulge bracket offers with our help despite not having any prior finance work experience.

Dylan (Cornerstone)

From Growing Up Homeless and No Name College to Investment Banking

Our student Dylan was homeless until he was 6 years old, when he went into foster care. His foster parents really wanted him to attend a Christian college, so he chose Cornerstone University which only had 2,000 students and no alumni in banking. Despite being told on WSO that he'll never make it with that profile, he joined WSMM to bet on himself and eventually got an offer from a middle market bank, proving the doubters wrong.

Pedro (Wharton)

Secured Offers From Morgan Stanley and Evercore as an International Student

Our student Pedro is an international student at Wharton. During freshman year, he applied to many bulge bracket diversity programs, but failed 5-6 first round interviews in a row. He quickly realized that getting interviews wasn’t a problem for him, but none of it mattered if he couldn’t ace the interviews. Hear how he joined WSMM junior year, completely transformed his interviewing skills, and landed offers from both Morgan Stanley and Evercore.

Justin (Lehigh)

Broke Into a Leading Healthcare Investment Bank From a Non-Target

Our student Justin used to get recruiting advice from alumni. Until one day, a banker read his cover letter and told him he should be able to get an interview... only for him to get rejected 3 days later. That's when he realized bankers were giving him superficial advice at best. Hear how he overcame his mom's skepticism to join Wall Street Mastermind, and what she said to him when he got into a leading healthcare investment bank.

Kelly (Stanford)

From an Already Good Investment Banking Candidate to Being the Best

Our student Kelly studied at a target school and was actually pretty qualified for banking. Although he knew he could probably get into banking by himself, he didn’t want just any bank; he wanted to be at one of the top groups in a top bank. To do that, he knew the resources at school weren’t enough to help him stand out. Hear how WSMM helped him land offers from two of the top three technology investment banking groups on Wall Street.