D+ on Transcript
I've been reading posts here at WSO for some time. This is actually my first thread; thanks to all who are taking the time to read it.
A little bit about myself: I am a senior at a non-target liberal arts and have a 3.5 cumulative GPA in a humanities major. I really put my heart into trying to land something last semester; I spent hundreds of hours teaching myself the technical questions (learned, and relearned four different guides), relentlessly mock interviewed with friends, networking my ass off, and ended up interviewing with twelve different banks in three different countries. I made a couple of final rounds but have nothing in hand. I also worked my ass off for a number of fellowships (Fulbright, etc.) that I'm still waiting to hear back from. There isn't a whole lot I didn't do, and I became incredibly burnt out. I've learned my lesson since.
Predictably, the semester took a toll on me and my studies. In retrospect, I mustered an effort that would warrant a 3.0. With the exception of one class, that is what I received. However, one of my professors unexpectedly docked my grade heavily for missing class for interviews (i.e. not specified in syllabus, he never explicitly stated that absence would affect my grade) What was a B- (based on midterms) going into the final ended as a D+; I had a 2.6 for the semester, lowering my overall GPA from a 3.7 to a 3.5. The worst part about this is that the class was accounting, and I really did understand that stuff.
The GPA drop, while disconcerting, isn't my biggest concern. Rather, that D+ in Accounting specifically, is such a red flag that I fear finance, is over. It is the only finance-related course I have taken. I haven't talked to the professor yet, but he probably isn't going to change the grade.
Realistically, what are my options at this point? I could try and swing an under the table internship, but I feel once someone sees my transcript, its over. While I did have my heart set on investment banking, I realize that no one is ever entitled to a job, and I shouldn't chase opportunities that just aren't there. A lot of grad school applications have already passed; I guess I could delay graduation for another shot and also raise my GPA? Do something absolutely crazy? Brutal honesty appreciated.
Thank you very much.
Btw, I realize that investment banking, and life in general, will be much more difficult than last semester was, and that things shouldn't have come to this. I'm taking substantive and serious measures to work on myself and recalibrate my overall approach to life to prevent future burnout, etc. It won't happen again.