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May 16th, 2016, 11:00 AM   #1
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I have a lot of electives with low GPA

I have a lot of electives with low GPA. I got vast majority of them 5 years ago, when I had absolutely no direction in life.

I'm starting to look into internship, scholarship, and research opportunities in undergrad, but I realize now that it's going to hurt any application I do like hell.

Is there anything else I can do to set myself apart from the crowd?

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May 18th, 2016, 07:22 PM   #2
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Did you major in Mathematics? If you did major in Mathematics, what was your GPA in Mathematics? If you are currently an undergraduate, what year are you in? Have you looked at what GPA or overall achievements you need to get an internship or something you want? To make up hypotheticals, if you're good enough to be a mathematician as a career, you won't need to know world history, draw in art class, or write about a Shakespeare play. Do you know where you want to intern? Having a low GPA will hurt your chances at a scholarship. Anybody can research and write a paper on a topic without it being part of a class. Is there something you can do independently to prove what you know? I've seen a graduate school application ask if you think your undergraduate GPA accurately reflects your intelligence and to explain why it doesn't if that's what you say.
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May 21st, 2016, 07:25 PM   #3
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Yeah. My GPA in math classes I took during this is 2.9 right now. But I do expect it to be a lot better this time around. I'm fully aware this is hardly a good background.

That's why I'm doing more outside during the summer, I'm just not too sure what would be the best thing to do to catch up.

Don't know exactly where I want to intern, but I do know at TD (I used to work there as the equivalent to a teller), they have internships for actuaries.

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May 21st, 2016, 11:31 PM   #4
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Unfortunately, it's not easy to become an actuary (see Be an Actuary), and it's not easy to brush up on your skills in just one summer.
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