I am a senior in High School who will be going to college next year. I have always wanted to do engineering; however, I am now looking to break into finance. I am wondering how feasible this is and looking for help as I transition.
Firstly, I am wondering which of the following "target" schools I should attend: Cornell, UChicago, Brown, Columbia, or NYU (note: not Stern). Unfortunately, I applied to engineering at most of these schools, but it is not impossible to switch (although, I'm not even sure what I should be switching to; finance?). I also did not apply to schools like Wharton because I was oh-so set on engineering :/
The second issue is that all of my extracurriculars are related to engineering. All of my notable awards, internships, activities, and connections from High School sadly relate to Computer Science. It seems like I will be starting over again and am wondering: will this put me at a significant disadvantage? What steps can I take now to stay competitive?
I guess this is a less objective question but should I even bother switching at this point? I've set myself up for quite a nice career in tech, but I'm worried about ending up as a web developer in a cubicle making $80k-150k for the rest of my life -- and that would suck. It seems like there's a clearly defined path in this industry and you can move up the ranks and make more if you put in the work. Am I simply being naive though? Am I romanticizing finance because I do not understand it as well as I understand tech?
Thanks so much.