Thursday's headlines: Yale senior blasts Wall Street's recruiting strategy

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One Yale senior gives the low-down of hedge funds' recruiting tactics at top-tier schools in an op-ed for The New York Times entitled "The Science and Strategy of College Recruiting."

Marina Keegan recounts how hedge fund recruiters corralled her and her peers into a hotel room, paid them $100 each, and offered a song-and-dance about why they should consider working for their firm. She interviewed 20 of her classmates in an effort to understand why so few entered college hoping to go into financial services, but the chances are that 25 percent of them will. She writes:

"Representatives from the consulting and finance come to schools early and often-providing us with application timelines and inviting us to information sessions in individualized e-mails. We're made to feel special and desired and important... They understand that it's no longer 'cool' to explicitly seek wealth. But we will work for banks and hedge funds because they're marketed to us (quite strategically) as something to merely do for a few years-as a perfect way to gain skills for a future career in somehow saving the world... Why do students believe this? Because the recruiters tell them it's true. Personally, I think it's ridiculous."

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