I worked in Investment Banking as an Equity Anaylst covering Telecommunications Companies. We covered 18 stocks in total. I spent a lot of time on the phone with clients (buy-side institutions), schmoozing potential industry contacts (which accounts for some of the late nights - I call business dinners with 60 year old men who drink too much work. And really - it is work they should have paid extra for! Finance is still a bit of a boys club and those guys don't have boundaries), and I spent hours and hours and hours and hours modeling in Excel.
I graduated from SMU in 2006 with a B.S. in Economics, a B.A. in Political Science, and a B.A. in Public Policy. I have a number of graduate hours but do not have a Masters Degree. Although, contrary to popular belief a masters degree is not needed for a PhD. It is sort of like an associates degree and a bachelors degree. While most people dont get an associates degree first, you can. Same thing. Most people don't get a masters degree first, but you can.
Feel free to ask additional questions. This is sort of fun! You can post additional questions as a comment to the original Ask Me Anything Post - or even just put them here! Ill do my best to answer. Or I'll at least make something entertaining up!