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I am currently a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma double majoring in Chinese and Economics. This is actually my first semester on campus, but I entered with a great deal of credits from AP exams taken during high school. I graduated with a 4.0 and had a 2140 SAT score. I wanted to get into a top tier school (read: Ivy League) but due to financial reasons that was not a possibility. I came to OU on a National Merit Scholarship, but now I am unsure about whether that was a wise move.
I understand that top consulting firms look at specific target schools for hiring out of undergrad, which eliminates the chances of me getting a job right after graduation. I plan to pursue an MBA and hope to get into a top tier B-School, but that is nearly impossible with my undergrad background without work experience at a top firm, which I couldn't get because I'm not at a target school. It's a vicious cycle.
My question is, what can I do to reach this goal? I am very involved on campus as a member of the marching band as well as holding a leadership position in my fraternity and participating in several other performing groups. Do I have any shot of getting where I want to be, or would it be possible/necessary for me to try to transfer to an Ivy League and take on the financial burden?