I’m currently working as a QA and studying to be a Python and JS programmer. I think it is a good idea if you are a bit desperate about money (after all we all have to pay the bills right?), I’m doing it myself and in my free time I try to make cool and complex projects for my portfolio to help me when I decide to look for a developer position.
I try to be optimistic. Experience you gain from being a QA can be taken when you move to developer.
Put it this way, QA to developer is easier than no job/ no experience to developer. Definitely try reaching out the alumni networks and your schools career resources, including career fairs and internship fair