Deciding Between Summer Business Minor or Internship - Freshman
I am a freshman Computer Engineering major at UT Austin with hopes of enteringor a NY boutique. My current situation is this: Finished out the first semester with an abysmal 2.7 GPA due to poor prioritization and mental health struggles, and I have two options for how I should spend my summer. I've figured things out now, got medication and some therapy, and I'm determined to get a 4.0 this semester, and I'm well aware of the importance of GPA when it comes to applying for these roles.
Option 1: Trading Internship (Prop Firm) - I'll be doing quant analysis of certain pitches with the opportunity to make algos that may be used by traders. It is paid, won't be too much, but I don't know exactly how much.
Pros: Great Experience, Access to lots of
Cons: No opportunity to raise GPA over the summer. Best case 3.4 by the beginning of my sophomore year
Option 2: McCombs Summer Institute - I'll be able to take 15 hours of business courses, giving me a business minor within the summer. This will help greatly in offsetting my GPA, placing me (best-case) at about a 3.6 by the beginning of my sophomore year.
Pros: Helps boost GPA, Teaches business fundamentals which I won't be able to gain in my engineering coursework.
Cons: Cost (Parents are happy to pay), Opportunity Cost of no internship
I'd like some help on how I should decide between my options. Any help is greatly appreciated!