Hey guys, I've been thinking a lot lately and I hope I can get some perspectives from fellow monkeys. I'm currently a junior and secured a SA at a top boutique. I don't know why I've never given a serious thought to this, but just suddenly I am very much considering graduating a semester early in December. I only have 5 classes to finish up my finance degree, which I can easily do in the fall semester. I could then use the following 6 months before full-time to travel, visit my family (I only see them once/twice a year during college and life will only get busier), visit my extended family (they live out of the country), learn a skill, etc. Basically all the things that I really won't get to do when I start work.
The other alternative is to stay in school until May and finish my math degree in addition to the finance. I figure that I want to maximize my time, and if I were to stay in school for another semester, well, I better have a good reason to do so. The best way would be to spend my senior year learning loads of material instead of half-assing both semesters. But then again, what do I know... I say I want this, but I may end up regretting this decision altogether 10 years later when I look back at the potentially lost relationships that I could've built in my final year. The primary motivation for the math degree is the possibility of branding myself better for MBA programs. I've always wanted to attend Wharton for my MBA and with my background (Regional target school; 3.7; SA at LAZ/EVR/GHL and hopefully converting this to a FT), I should be in a decent position? Of course I still have to take the but I'm hoping my scores should at least be in line with the average applicant.
Anyone out there who can give a few thoughts on graduating early? Or about how taking a chill senior year was what made their college experience memorable? Or about whether they feel a second degree positioned themselves real well for MBA programs (and if applicable, for better career success)? I know there are no hard and fast answers in a situation like this... I'd just like to hear everyone's thoughts and perspectives on what they would do and why.
Thanks a lot everyone!