COVID messed me up, GPA plummeted to 3.4, am I screwed for PE and lateral opportunities?
Title does kind of explain it all, but essentially, I am a senior at an Ivy double majoring in Economics and History. I got COVID near the end of the semester and it knocked me out for a month+, including a lengthy hospital stay. My professors tried to be as accommodating as possible, and I passed, but my grades dropped so much that I will most likely graduate with a 3.4, maybe 3.5 if I do perfect next semester. In addition, I have a strong resume, athletics, good extracurriculars, etc.
I will be working at a "top MM bank" after graduating, but I am wondering how that 3.4 will look to future employers 1-2 years out of undergrad, as I am interested in recruiting for private equity or lateraling to a larger bank. I'm also considering business school down the line, but I am worried about this huge drop in my GPA, and not sure what to do (especially as it's a 3.4 from a liberal arts major, not something like engineering). I can maybe drop the Economics major to a minor to only take easy courses my last semester and maybe bring my GPA up, but I am not sure what to do. I am still somewhat bedridden from COVID and this is eating at me. Would love some advice for people who went through this. Obviously, I will try to bring it up to a 3.5, but if it stays at a 3.4, how screwed am I for recruiting and lateral opportunities? I am grateful I even have a job in this environment, and am still on track to graduate, but I am worried about my short-term prospects after graduation.