Study Abroad vs Keeping a Minor in Economics

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I'm currently a student at a non target with a major in finance and minor in economics. I have to decide in a few days whether I want to keep my minor in economics or go abroad to Paris and drop the minor since my course schedule won't work out. What are your opinions? Does having a minor in econ matter for ibd and S&T recruiting, or for grad schools? Should I drop my minor and go abroad? I feel that having no minor doesn't diversify myself enough from others. I have an option to go to Amsterdam with classes working out well, but I'll have to take an intro dutch course (I don't do well in foreign language classes). I have a third option to go to singapore at Nanyang Technological University, but it seems like their academics are too rigorous. So my choices come down to amsterdam while taking a foreign language course, paris and dropping my minor, or not going at all. Opinions?

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Sep 28, 2015

Go abroad and have a life rather than studying a minor in economics

Getting into IBD is about being sociable not about knowing everything

Sep 28, 2015

Study abroad.

Sep 28, 2015

minor in economics for a finance major wanting to work in finance has almost no value at all
you should be willing to drop it in exchange for any reasonable resume item

Sep 29, 2015

Is this even a serious question? Study abroad and don't look back. Best time of my life. Oh and go to Singapore for sure

Sep 30, 2015

Do you guys know when summer internships start interviewing? I would be studying abroad in the spring and wouldn't want that to mess up my internship chances. I'm a junior btw

Oct 1, 2015

That's fine man, it won't keep you from interviewing. If your application looks good, they'll find a way, be it interviewing at the local office or flying you out (know of people who were flown from HK to London for SA superday)

Oct 3, 2015

To further add weight to this, I was at a AC for a BB in London and there were several candidates flown in from outside of Europe for it. I'd wager it's the same for US offices if you're good enough. People really offer think "what should I study", it matters very little. Go study abroad and enjoy the semester, your resume will be a lot more interesting as a result.

Oct 3, 2015

Seriously study abroad. You'll understand after you do it. This is obvious.

Oct 3, 2015

Do the study abroad, the experience will give you something to talk about that's not finance related and it will be waaayyy more fun than taking a bunch of econ classes.

Oct 3, 2015

most definitely study abroad. you are a finance/accounting major to begin with, why do you want to add econ?

Oct 3, 2015

as an econ-major studying abroad in China, I can honestly say that I've learned more about myself and the world in the past four months here than I have in three years at my Ivy.

Definitely do the study abroad, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity.

(caveat is, I would suggest you pick a culture/country you are truly interested in versus going to Amsterdam and smoking copious amounts of weed all day)

Oct 3, 2015

That's helpful ibhopeful, thanks man. I'm planning to study abroad in Tokyo since I have background with the language, and I really dont know how much additional value an econ minor would give me with acct/fin. If it doesn't make me any more competitive for a job, then I don't care enough to pursue it.

Oct 3, 2015

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Oct 3, 2015

I just found out I can only do the relevant study abroad for the entire year or spring semester and not senior fall as I had planned. Would any of you study abroad for your last semester of college? I guess it really depends on the job situation at that point.

Oct 3, 2015
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