Have any of you ever had a bad semester ?

I'm a sophomore and this semester has just been really so so for me . I don't necessarily have bad grades but I just lacked motivation to go above and beyond , just did the assignment before the due date and that's it .I also missed a lot of classes then any other semester. I do however work 20 hours a week as a bank teller and it's going great but nothing special came out of this semester, I'll end up with more bs then As which is uncommon (no Cs). I wanted to ask if that happened with someone else too?

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  • Senior Consultant in Consulting
Dec 2, 2021 - 1:21am

If this isn't usual for you, sounds like you're burned out (corporate speak for depressed). Get some help and get ahead of it now before it starts seriously negatively affecting your life (and career prospects if that's what motivates you)

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Dec 2, 2021 - 2:14am

My freshman year I had a 2.6 GPA and I just landed a top group for 2022 SA (GS TMT/PJT RSSG/EVC M&A). Don't feel discouraged, anything is possible if you grind and have a great mindset.

Dec 2, 2021 - 2:56am

Any advice? was it a result of networking? also, did you have an amazing story or something?

  • Consultant in Consulting
Dec 5, 2021 - 1:39pm

I was in your exact situation sophomore year. Pressures from many things combined with covid ended up with a year where I was pulling much lower grades than average. It was very important to me to find motivation again, and breathe new life into my routines, and get motivated for recruiting and school. I would focus on finding something you really enjoy to help alleviate the pressures. You will be fine, I have a full time strategy consulting offer despite my sophomore slump. 

Dec 5, 2021 - 1:52pm

Yes - gpa went from like a 3.8 (I think - don't really remember) to a 3.3 between junior and senior years. I was drinking and partying and never studied or went to class. Would've had an A in a class but didn't realize participation was 10% and i went to class for the midterm and final and that was it.

If you feel burnt out or lazy, ask yourself why. Are you partying a lot? Focusing on thots a lot? If you have everything in your life in order (in shape, healthy diet, sleeping properly) and still feel like this then that's when you should seek help from a professional

  • Intern in IB - Restr
Dec 10, 2021 - 12:11pm

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