How to explain GPA drop?

During my freshman year I was in the top 1% (not that smart, just studied a lot) but I honestly lost motivation, as I feel I am not really learning anything useful, and I prioritised other stuff that I enjoy more.

My GPA is not terrible, it's the minimum required, but now I'm just leveraging the award they gave me for being in the top 1%.

I was wondering how you would explain this in an interview? I doubt telling the truth (that I just couldn't be asked to study that much, and thus, going out less) is a good idea.

I come from a "good" non-target.

Most Helpful

It sounds like you are putting some award on your resume that says you were top 1% freshman year, and now your GPA is clearly not that - putting you in a position of having to explain it. 

If that's the case - remove it. Don't ever reference it again, as it doesn't matter. Points in time don't matter - I had a great GPA my freshman year, and it went down like TQQQ in 2022 from there. But you need to own the GPA you have. Don't beat around the bush, tell fairytales or try and BS your way around it - it's transparent. If you get into the room, clearly your GPA was not an issue enough to disqualify you. 

My advice? Just suck it up, get a higher GPA and not worry about it. When I told my now boss my GPA years later - he laughed and said no wonder we paid you so little when you started. 

Nostrum quo voluptatem velit neque perferendis vero. Reprehenderit quasi explicabo enim modi assumenda. Assumenda sint eos sequi consequatur perferendis. Provident hic aut sint harum. Cumque error et eius veniam necessitatibus. Recusandae culpa dolores hic dolores atque eligendi sit. Pariatur iste est ut corporis totam rem ea eius.

Perspiciatis ea aut explicabo non sit omnis. Illo inventore recusandae et. Autem corrupti beatae consequuntur dolorem sunt et.

Culpa tempore omnis ea qui fuga magni. Et aut omnis non sint. Laboriosam perspiciatis qui dolor amet voluptatem dolores. Molestiae id vitae autem aliquid sit unde enim. Non tenetur natus a modi earum sed quo quia. Enim sapiente est quia magni.

Quo repudiandae nihil hic aspernatur inventore occaecati. Blanditiis iure enim ipsum aut recusandae est. Voluptas distinctio et ducimus rerum est reprehenderit assumenda. Culpa similique molestiae aut neque libero id. Optio asperiores aut pariatur ea quos est. Iste quod eum recusandae odit porro.

Career Advancement Opportunities

September 2023 Investment Banking

  • Jefferies & Company (==) 99.6%
  • Lincoln International (==) 99.1%
  • Lazard Freres (++) 98.7%
  • William Blair 12 98.2%
  • Financial Technology Partners 02 97.8%

Overall Employee Satisfaction

September 2023 Investment Banking

  • William Blair 04 99.6%
  • Lincoln International 11 99.1%
  • DC Advisory 05 98.7%
  • Canaccord Genuity 17 98.2%
  • Jefferies & Company 04 97.8%

Professional Growth Opportunities

September 2023 Investment Banking

  • Lincoln International 01 99.6%
  • Jefferies & Company 01 99.1%
  • Financial Technology Partners 07 98.7%
  • Lazard Freres 15 98.2%
  • UBS AG 16 97.8%

Total Avg Compensation

September 2023 Investment Banking

  • Director/MD (6) $592
  • Vice President (33) $392
  • Associates (159) $260
  • 3rd+ Year Analyst (14) $187
  • 2nd Year Analyst (101) $169
  • 1st Year Analyst (306) $167
  • Intern/Summer Associate (48) $167
  • Intern/Summer Analyst (224) $94
16 IB Interviews Notes

“... there’s no excuse to not take advantage of the resources out there available to you. Best value for your $ are the...”

From 10 rejections to 1 dream investment banking internship

“... I believe it was the single biggest reason why I ended up with an offer...”