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Tough situation. Need your advice.

ant0001ant0001 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
Dear all,

I am one of those ... bad students. But, I have a great motivation now which I never had during the last 3 years of undergraduate studies to go to Grad school to learn Finance.

I am a senior at City College of CUNY.
I have two majors, Economics (3.47 GPA) and Computer Science (3.1 GPA) with CumGPA being 3.205.
My transcript does not look good at all. I have 5 Ws (two of which have lab sections dropped together automatically, so technically there are 7Ws, 1 F, 2 Ds) As you can see I also have bad grades.
I was a bad student in a way that I studied at the last day before the exam and never bothered studying consistently at all. My mistake. Understood it. Admit it. Working on it.

I have had semesters with 2.2 and 2.7 GPA and at the same time semesters with 3.7 and 4.0 in 300+ level courses. As you can notice, I am not a stable person. I've inflicted a lot of pain to myself by procrastinating and has successfully destroyed my future.

Enough about that.

My goal, and only goal is to go to Graduate school to become professional in the sphere of Finance since I am struggling with CS major, whether it's because I am too stupid to succeed or CS is difficult to begin with, I just am not confident with my CS skills. I feel like I would be a quick learner in Finance and find my way easier, possibly. Maybe I am wrong. That's why I need help.

In order to get into Grad school, my unstable performance in Undergrad years is not enough, as you can see.
So, do you recommend me to apply for Post Bacc program and excel in at least 10-15 courses to prove to Grad schools that I have finally calmed down and ready for the Grad school? Should I do 2nd Bachelors in Finance which will take like 2 years?

What are my possible options that are not yet so obvious to me? Please give me advice. I really appreciate it. I need help to organize my life and future.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Replies to: Tough situation. Need your advice.

  • happymomof1happymomof1 Registered User Posts: 25,554 Senior Member
    Instead of thinking about more education right now, go talk with the career office on campus, and get started on your job search. When you are out of the academic bubble, you will be able to start learning about your real world strengths and weaknesses, and you will get a clearer sense of your life goals. Depending on your career trajectory, you may find that you do need to study finance formally, or you may find that you can work your way into that position without a degree, or you might find that your employer will pay for your studies.
  • BeaudreauBeaudreau Registered User Posts: 1,005 Senior Member
    @ant0001 - @happymomof1 is giving you good advice. Most likely you will want to get an MBA, with a concentration in finance. You will need work experience anyway and strong recommendations too if you want to get into a good MBA program. Plus, you may be able to get your employer to even help pay for it. Your grades are not terrible, and actually better than my undergraduate grades, and I was able to get into Michigan's MBA program, with solid work experience, good references, and an excellent GMAT score. Also, working for a few years made me a better student. I was far better at organizing my time and prioritizing my tasks. I ended up graduating with honors.

    BTW, there is a separate College Confidential business school forum: http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/business-school-mba/
  • me29034me29034 Registered User Posts: 1,232 Senior Member
    I agree. I'm not sure why you are so focused on more education. If you are in NY, there are lots of finance jobs. Yes, there are some that you can't get into without an MBA, but there are a lot for undergrads too. Find a job, get some experience and then go back to grad school if it seems like it will make sense for your career.
  • juilletjuillet Super Moderator Posts: 11,672 Super Moderator
    You're not a bad student. You're a good student with some blips on your record. A cumulative GPA of 3.2 isn't bad, and a major GPA of 3.47 is pretty good.

    You also have not "destroyed your future." Going to graduate school isn't the only way to have a good future, first of all; second of all, you're not really barred from going to graduate school in the first place.

    I agree with the others. If you want to work in finance, go work in finance...you don't need a master's degree to do that. Actually, having some work experience in finance post-bachelor's will help you get into a finance or MBA program later.
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