I'm sure people post these mini bios all the time and it must get tiring but here goes,
Basically, I screwed off all throughout high school dabbling in drugs and gambling, etc. That sort of trickled into my first two years of college, culminating with me dropping out after a year in "good academic standing" (2.3) and returning 2 quarters later. I finally stepped it up, barely, by getting a 3.0 my first quarter back. Then I figured out how to work hard and got a 3.8 last quarter. Now I am essentially between my sophomore and junior years of college. I am majoring in Managerial Economics. Currently my GPA is 2.8. My father is a fairly successful entrepreneur in Silicon Valley and last Summer I interned at his company, but pretty much did irrelevant data entry work. This summer I am interning at a F500 company (through a connection obviously, not academic merits) . But, I am in the legal department. The thing is I don't actually do any legal work nor do I have legal aspirations, I work on the operational side working with data and doing performance metrics / analytics for on systems they have are implementing and other things. So, I think this experience can be spun decently well (at least I hope so)
Now, if I go back to school next quarter and get a 4.0, I'll be at a 3.0 flat GPA. I figure this is the best I can do before the crucial internship application process for next summer, which will be a definite stepping stone towards my aspirations.
This much is obvious, my school is weak, and my stats, for lack of a better word, suck. I got into Davis by luck of the draw (2.9 gpa in HS and 2000 SAT), and I had no idea what I wanted to back then. Now my goals are starting to become clearer and things seem more lucid, but I fear that its too little too late. I want to (like everyone else here) get into, but of course would be thrilled with an opportunity at a boutique firm as well.
I know I have to network, and I have a few potentials. My cousinand is about 3 years in there, I plan on talking to him. My other cousin went to Wharton and has been working in HealthCare management Consulting for around 8 years. My father's business partner who he co founded the company with is a Bain alum and from HWS (well networked guy I'm pretty sure) . I also am family friends with a Finance VP here at this same F500 company where I work . Which if any of these would be a good path to pursue?
I know this is long but ANY, absolutely ANY advice would be appreciated, the more specific the better. Also anyone whose been down these roads (consulting/banking especially) have any good reads for beginning and on up towards intermediate learning, I'm trying to soak up as much as I can in my free time.
I know that the only way I even will get an interview is by having someone with a contact within a firm go to bat for me. Hopefully I'm not just deluding myself that there is a chance here,
Thanks in advance to anyone who replies,