non-target school junior - what to do and MFin programs advice?
I am an upcoming senior (international student from Mainland China) studying mathematics with a specialization in actuarial science at the University of Minnesota. My current GPA is 3.643 and I am planning on graduating with magna sum laude or cum laude next spring.
Over the last three years of studying, it has become more and more evident to me that Actuarial Science/Quant Finance is not something that I want to pursue, and a degree from UofM is not going to take me where I want to go. I've tried really hard to reach out to UM alumni in the past two years, but the results were pretty discouraging. The career service at the university has not been very helpful either.
My original plan was to work for 1-2 years after graduation to get some more experience related to Finance, so I would have a better chance of being accepted by some top Mfin programs. As of right now, without any internship experience related to Finance, it would be very hard for me to find a full-time position after graduation, so I will have to apply to Mfin programs this year while keep trying getting a job.
FYI: I'm very sick of the middle-west as of this very moment and would love to relocate to an urban city, like Hong Kong, NYC, or London.
GPA: 3.643, planning on graduating with magna sum laude or cum laude
Major: Actuarial Math
Status: International Student (willing to relocate)
Exam sitting: CPA I - December 2014; GRE - August 2014
Award: 4-year partial tuition waiver scholarship
Leadership: Board Member of Actuary Club and one other culture-related club
Work Experience: been working as an administrative assistant at a health department for two years; will work in Hong Kong this summer on an appointment-scheduling optimization project
Language: can speak English and Mandarin Chinese fluently
Experience: I am well-traveled and enjoy doing new things. I do not want to be stuck in one place for the rest of my life but can definitely start off from doing the basics to learn more and gain more experience.
My question: What would you recommend me to do? What are my chances of getting accepted by top MFin programs like MIT or Oxford.
Any comments would be greatly appreciated!