Worldly, broad achievement, internships, extracurriculars, or GPA?
March 4, 2013 5:06 PM Subscribe
Given the choice between study abroad/double major/impressive GPA/internships/impressive extracurriculars, what would the best combination of choices?
posted by R a c h e l to Education (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
For reference, I'm a college sophomore. I'm trying to figure out where to focus my energy.
As things are right now, I'm an Economics and Mathematics major (it's a combined major) and have completed almost all of a sociology minor. My GPA isn't going to make waves, but it's generally over all minimums and consistently gets me on the dean's list (though, that could always change). I have completed (and am currently doing) internships with well-recognized political/advocacy organizations, and while I'm building writing/professionalism/general officework skills, it's not so closely related to what I'm interested in long-term. I'm involved some in several clubs, but don't hold any leaderships positions (and honestly, the only one I'm passionate about to pursue that in is my sorority, which I'm always scared may carry some negative connotations, unfortunately).
I've planned out classes so I could do a 1-semester study abroad (in a Spanish-speaking country, so bonus language skills!) and add sociology as a double major, but that would preclude a formalized junior-summer internship program (since the program doesn't end until July) and many leadership opportunities on campus. I'm quite sure that both study abroad and taking more sociology would be fun things for me, though I do really enjoy internships and opportunities for real-world learning. It may also be demanding enough that my GPA would suffer some (is there a baseline that would be really terrible to fall below?).
My other choices would be to prioritize grades, extracurriculars, whatever - strictly speaking jobs-wise, what is most important? What should I focus on? What about not-jobs-wise - what do you regret/not regret?
I'm lucky enough to be graduating with very minimal debt, so post-graduation travel or low-wage work (peace corps even, perhaps) are all options for similarly enriching opportunities.
I'm interested professionally in pursuing management consulting, at least for a while, or similar businessy-type opportunities that don't require many specialized prerequisites (banking has never held much appeal, though). I'm not interested in attending graduate school, at least immediately.