Hey guys, this is my first post on this site so I hope this is the appropriate forum to post this.
Here's my situation. I got accepted To Umass Amherst into the honors college with flying colors, as I was routinely an AP scholar with distinction, yadda yadda did well in hs. I could have easily gotten into some better schools like Boston University but my family and I immigrated from Russia and solidly middle class, so it was a little out of our price range. I went into Chemical Engineering, because there was somewhat of a default assumption that I would go into engineering. From my first semester I realized I hated engineering and was more interested in business and finance, but I figured I would push my way through and just grind to be an engineering. Well, I did this through sophomore year while hating every second of it and struggling in my engineering classes, while getting solid A's in every gen end not relating to engineering. I'm currently sitting with an abysmal GPA (2.4) and I switched into Managerial economics and am currently taking Macroeconomics as an online course, which I am on track to getting a solid A in.
Basically I screwed myself for my first two years by doing a major I hated but didn't know when to quit. Thankfully I took enough gen-ed requirements to finish on-track in business econ, assuming I keep up my current level of work I feel I can get essentially an A in every class I have yet to finish, from what I've seen, so I will have a major GPA close to 4.
I work retail about 48 hours per week over the summer, but since I was doing engineering, I missed the boat on finance internships for my sophomore year.
I would ideally like to get into investment banking and I'll forgo every facet of my personal life to make it happen. My girlfriend says I'm the most driven person she knows (frankly this probably says more about her friends), and I plan on networking my ass off and finessing my way into the main economics and investment clubs and joining the main professional business frat on campus.
I really missed the bus on my early progress, but what do you guys think I should do to maximize my chances of getting into investment banking or a similar finance related internship/career? Thanks a million
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