Advice for an incoming college freshman

I am a high school senior, likely attending Michigan Ross in the fall. In addition to finance, I plan on studying CS and entrepreneurship. I am interested in IB after graduation because I don't know exactly what career I want, but IB offers great exit ops. I have lurked on WSO for a while now and found its discussions very helpful as I plan for my future. I would like to ask you guys if you have any advice or useful anecdotes for someone in my position. I don't want to look back on these years and wish I did things differently.
How can I best enjoy the "undergrad experience?"
What are some tips for maintaining a great GPA and relationships with professors?
How can I network effectively and stand out in a competitive class?

Thanks in advance. I think this thread will be useful for people in similar positions.

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Apr 3, 2020 - 7:57pm

The easiest thing to have regrets about after college is the social life. You're not going to graduate and wish you networked with more Goldman analysts your sophomore year - you're going to miss the camaraderie that exists on a college campus and having the freedom to do pretty much anything you want.

Speaking as a 1st year analyst - the two most important things to do in college are 1) Have fun and 2) Graduate with the highest GPA you possibly can. Someone with a 3.9 GPA will get interviews with limited networking while someone with a 3.4 will have to network their ass off (for IB at least). Regardless of what you want to do, GPA is very often the gating requirement - much more so than relevant internship experiences or 20 minute generic phone calls (from what I've seen - obviously there are exceptions).

Michigan is a very fun school - tons of parties, great sports, well-rounded people, don't overlook these 4 years as just another step towards a BB offer

Apr 3, 2020 - 11:05pm

Yep - the first thing any bank will look at is your GPA. Kinda sucks but generally and at least at my bank if you're not above a 3.5/3.6 they won't even look - and that's for target schools (unless you have good references of course).

To put it in perspective - I had about a 3.8 when going through the process from a semi-target liberal arts school and received interview invitations through online applications after speaking to like 1-2 people at these banks, while some of my buddies with 3.5's did not even with much more extensive networking above the associate level, so it is what it is

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