Hi, I am a rising second year at the University of Chicago studying Econ. I have wanted to go into I-Banking since high school. I was fortunate enough to have gotten into my dream schools, including Harvard, Yale and Columbia. However, I turned down these schools and a full ride to UF for UChicago for two reasons: 1) Chicago offered me a substantial merit scholarship and 2) I was told that they had one of the best Econ programs in the country.
After a year at Chicago, I now severely regret my decision. The workload at Chicago was harder than anything I had done before and my GPA has fallen from a 4.8 (weighted) in high school to a 3.2. I have been Harvard-bound all my life, but now I am worried that I have completely destroyed my future prospects. With my SAT score, I have a good shot at transferring to Columbia/Dartmouth/Duke, but would the increase in prestige be worth the trouble of transferring? What are my prospects like if I end up with a, say, 3.5 at Chicago as an Econ major? I want to work on the East Coast, btw, not Chicago (preferably NYC or Boston). Thanks.