Hedge fund out of undergrad: doable or not?
I go to a decent enough target school. A few top students get offers from hedge funds every year. But because the process is so selective, I don't know if I'll be able to make it in through the traditional route of 3.7+ GPA good ECs challenging coursework and networking. Up until now I've been fairly confident in my academic abilities, but I don't realistically think I'll be able to take a competitive courseload while also meeting the GPA requirements. I have a passion for finance and hedge funds, and unless I join a startup/make my own I'm fairly certain how I want my next few years to pan out.
Are there alternative methods to make it into a hedge fund without the grades? Should I take a less challenging courseload to artificially boost my GPA? Or should I give up on this goal entirely and go the IB->PE->route instead?
I'm still a freshman so I have time, but what are my best options here?