Attend semi-target (think Vandy/USC/CMU). Yeah, so I got a C in Financial accounting during Freshman year. No excuses, I was just a dumbass naive pledge who cared way too much about "frat life" and drank/smoked too much. I ended up with a pretty eh 3.4 overall.
Now a sophomore, as an Asian dude with a pretty mediocre GPA, no Finance experience or ECs, and no major leadership positions, I unsurprisingly did pretty poorly on the whole big-name sophomore internship thing with 0 Finance offers and I'm not expecting much for the rest. I did OK this semester ( all A's except a C+ in Comp. Sci) I don't even feel bad about ) and brought it up to a meh 3.5 (3.47), but this is after sending most of my apps.
Also, as a freshman, I was super gung-ho on consulting, so everything on my resume reflects that, including most of my EC's. Now I realized that I'm not interested/passionate about Consulting anymore. Regardless, there's a good chance that I'm going to work at a small boutique consulting firm in Hong Kong this summer. Will this hurt Junior SA applications?
So far next semester I'm taking 19 credits of mostly fluff classes (none in finance/business) in a hail mary move to raise my GPA for Junior Fall SA apps. If I get all A's, which is honestly very possible, I might be able to bring up my GPA to a 3.65 which rounds up to a 3.7.
**tldr: **Got shitty grade in financial accounting at semi-target. 3.47 GPA as asian male, unsuccessful with sophomore programs. Most EC's/future experience going to be in consulting but want to change to Finance. Dilemma between taking shit easy classes to raise GPA to a potential 3.6/3.7, or retaking Financial, or taking Managerial. Regardless, teaching myself Financial Accounting online.
Is this major fluff semester a good move or will recruiters think I'm dumb? Or should I replace one with Accounting? Worth retaking Financial Accounting? The way my school works is that the grade is replaced, so even if I get an A or A- (honestly no guarantee, it's hard), it'll average to a B or a B-. Should I just take Managerial instead? Or should I just go with the cop-out and just fluff my GPA up as much as possible while learning Financial Accounting again on the side?
Also, would a consulting internship sophomore year be bad IB's?
I know this is a lot, thanks all for your time!!
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