Graduating early - worth it or not?
I will begin working in an industry-focused coverage group as an investment banking analyst in August and want to hopefully work at a large PE firm with ample dry powder (MF/UMM) because the smaller funds in my industry have recently been destroyed - only the large players that can investment $150MM plus remain healthy.
I have the opportunity to start early at my firm, which will better position me to have deal experience to talk about during PE recruiting. Is it worth it? Should I graduate a semester early and begin working? Will it be that big of an advantage? My firm does not traditionally have a megafund placement history (think UBS/WF/DB/RBC) but has placed a few individuals into megafunds in the past so I will likely need any advantage I can get.
The alternate is to continue to train my sport (I play collegiately), travel, and missionary work while enjoying one last semester with my friends (and the beautiful women on campus).