When I was at Wharton, U of Pennsylvania over 60 years ago, the rich kids who thought and spoke about nothing but sports,cars, fashion, and frat parties usually flunked out… If they did graduate, they didn’t amount to anything (with a few exceptions).
I made friends mostly with “A” students and scholarship kids who seemed to be the most ambitious, and also, those who like me, were already running little businesses on the side. In those days I was tracing missing heirs to estates, abandoned property, mineral rights, etc. I was making more dough than a lot of my professors — even then.
One of my best friends in that era was a poor kid (started like me) who went into a small Wall Street firm, became Senior Partner, and 20 years later sold out to a bigger investment banker & became the first Multi-Billionaire of my school day pals. I couldn’t relate to my classmates who talked about their conspicuous consumption and were happy getting by with “gentleman’s C” grades. The few of these rich kids I knew and stayed in contact with after graduation never did me any good in business.
Thus the advice I give you is to be useful and friendly towards the hungry, competent, ambitious classmates & people you meet on the way up, not the little princes & spoiled brats — probably on the way down. Fact is, you will have to make it in your own niche. While your college contacts may help you socially, most of my good business deals after graduation, had absolutely no relationship to my Wharton or Prep-School contacts.
These days I am retired after a liquidity moment (selling out) 30 years ago. I have everything that money can buy (at least anything I WANTED) and was lucky in love as well. I like writing and helping others. Love to read your comments too! Feel free to contact me for possibly helpful advice on getting rich, finding love, or anything else.