I've been avoiding the CFA because it's so many fucking hours to study for it that I could IMO better spend studying independently and networking. I want to get an MBA from a top 5 school after getting work experience, not right now. I currently have a full time job as an Engineer, no debt obligations and have a 10-month safety net saved up, so I'm thinking about putting some money towards flying out to NYC or SF to either set up in person meetings or attempting cold-visits. I'd do this after I have a significantly larger amount of knowledge about this stuff, obviously. To somebody that is motivated it is a matter of "when" and not "if". What's the quote? "Persistence plus effort equals success" or something like that?