Is this a viable path to becoming a FO Quant?
Hello everybody. I am a high school junior researching colleges one thing I noticed is that most target schools forare either too expensive for me or unattainable. I think I am a very bright kid, I am great at math and CS and I am passionate in both subjects and my test scores/GPA are great, but I do not have extracurriculars that stand out so I am not sure if I can make top schools. Currently, my plan to become a quant is:
Attend a mid-tier (high non-target or low semi-target) school like Rutgers, UMD, or GTech. If I get into something higher, I will attend that, but I am preparing for the worst-case scenario. All three schools that I mentioned are very good in my opinion, but I do not think they have a greatquant positions. I plan on dual majoring in either math/finance or math/statistics, but I am not sure which gives me a better chance at becoming a quant. I will maintain a good GPA, join clubs, etc.
Network like crazy - join clubs/frats, talk to alumni, networking events, etc. I am trying to find someone who will get my resume looked at. I am confident that I can probably learn the skills to do well in an interview, but getting an interview could be the hard part. I will start this freshman year. I will eat, sleep, and breathe networking.
Learn as much math, CS, and statistics as possible and focus on how they are applied to quant finance. This is kinda self-explanatory. I will also probably do some personal projects/trading strategies on the side. I am great at self-studying and I pick up concepts quickly, and I want to use this to my advantage.
Land internships. Ideally, it would be a quant internship, but realistically it would probably be in data analytics or some kind of other finance internship. I think I should start this sophomore year but I am not sure.
Get a master's at a target school. From what I can tell, having at least a master's is a prerequisite for any FO quant job. I think a MFE would be best.
Get a job as a FO quant.
Are there any issues with my plan? Is there an easier plan? Will my plan even work? Any help/advice is appreciated. Thank you.