Low GPA - do I realistically have a chance in IBD?
After being rejected from several banks already (most without even first round and one from the first round), I am seriously starting to wonder if I have a realistic chance at investment banking.
My background - rising junior at H/Y/P with a 3.4 GPA, international student, D1 athlete, Engineering degree with one asset management internship and a small no-name NY boutique investment banking internship coming up (done remotely). I also have not been active at all in terms of school clubs related to finance as I decided quite late to go down this route.
I have seen success stories of low GPA students and of international students, but an international student with low GPA making it to IB seems to be unheard of. Being an international student limits my options to some BBs and a few EBs and these seem to be the firms that look for stellar candidates with no flaws.
I have been networking quite heavily I'd say, but mostly analysts/associates and very few MDs who I'm not even sure if they would heavily vouch for me.
I've basically dedicated all my efforts for recruiting for IBD, but do I realistically have any chance? Is this the time to start reconsidering my career options?