Graduating -- Low GPA from target school?
I'm looking to take a year or two off before graduate school and am considering my options. I'm an applied math major from a math/science college that is respected in the industry. Unfortunately, my GPA sucks because I took too many classes outside of my area of expertise as was required by my school (oh, and terrible grade deflation). I have a lot of computational modeling experience and independent research. I've never had any finance experiences, but am interested in learning more. My quantitative/programming abilities are strong and I do well during mock interviews. How much of a factor is a subpar GPA? Is there anything I can do to compensate for it? Does being a woman help or hurt me? Any insight would be greatly appreciated. :-)