I'm currently a sophomore at Tufts and, after doing some research, consulting seems most
appealing to me in the short run because of the opportunity to work with smart people my
own age, to learn about companies in different industries and to travel around the world
(although I realize this doesn't apply to all firms). I'm pretty positive that I want to
get a job in consulting when I graduate, however, I'm not quite sure how I want to
position myself academically.

You see, at Tufts they offer both a regular Econ (qualitative) and a Quantitative
Economics major. I don't particularly want to major in the quant ec side because, 1. it's
really hard, my math skills are average, and although I could probably survive it, I'm
afraid my GPA won't be competitive enough, 2. it doesn't leave me a lot of options in
terms of non-econ courses since there are more core requirements in quant ec and I also
plan on taking Mandarin Chinese each semester for the remainder of the undergraduate
career, and 3. I defiinitely plan on studying abroad in China for one semester and am
thinking of studying abroad for a full year, which would even further reduce my
flexibility in terms of course selection because of requirements and the like.

However, on one hand I keep hearing that it's best to take as many quantitatively based
classes as possible since quantitative skills are valued in consulting. On the other
hand, I have heard of philosophy and english majors breaking into consulting. I'm not
quite sure what to do.

A part of me really just wants to major in regular econ or maybe not econ at all and just
do political science/history/international relations and study abroad for a full year,
but the career-oriented part of me wants to be positive that I can secure a job in
strategy consulting after graduation and feels that quant ec would really boost my
chances since Tufts is a non-target.

Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated.

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With the focus shifting to Asia, an asian Jamie Dimon (Tuft alumn) would be a smart move. Mandarin will take you far. Do you already speak it by any chance? I took it from 6th-11th grade and now I'm a soph. strongly considering consulting; maybe I should start re-taking Chinese again...

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