By the time Rasheeq Haq (BS ’15) came to the NYU Stern Undergraduate College, he was already forging a career in finance. Rasheeq credits his early passion for finance to his high school, AP Economics teacher’s engaging stories about Wall Street’s trading floors and salespeople. Soon, he was delving into the world of finance on his own.
After graduating from high school in Queens, New York, Haq received a full scholarship from J.P. Morgan, along with an offer to a four-year structured internship program while he attended college. The program allowed him to enjoy work experience in various areas within the company, including derivative sales and credit trading.
Finding a Niche
While at Stern, Haq became involved in several extracurricular activities Haq first became interested in clubs after joining the Entrepreneurial Exchange Group (EEG) his freshman year.
“I joined the group because I had met such an amazing group of seniors that were part of the board. They all wanted to help me and my best friend at the time develop our ideas and businesses,” Haq says.
He befriended the club’s senior board members, who offered guidance for his venture ideas, became treasurer of EEG during his sophomore year, and served as president during his junior year. Haq is also the head of all portfolios for NYU’s Quantitative Finance Society’s Portfolio team, where he focuses on quality investing and trading in the financial markets, and serves as the vice president of Stern’s Inter-Club Council.
As part of his Stern Around the World course, Haq journeyed to NYU Abu Dhabi this past December.
“Beyond the amazing tours that we went on, I made a great group of friends on that trip and I came away with a perspective on Middle Eastern culture that I did not have before,” says Haq. “My most memorable experience on that trip was most definitely seeing the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque at night. The majesty of the building resonates even more during the night than during the day."
Explore Your Options
In his free time, Haq enjoys an eclectic range of interests that match his curiosity and eagerness to get involved: playing tennis, painting, bartending, cooking, and studying the Japanese language. He hopes to put his knowledge of Japanese to use this summer when traveling to Asia before beginning a full-time job in August. His advice to incoming Stern students is to explore as much as possible.
“Explore the things that you want to do with the vigor that you approach everything in your life,” says Haq. “Figure out what you like and don't like, so that at the end of the day, you at least know what you like the most.”
Student Spotlight: Rasheeq Haq (BS '15)
Wednesday, April 8, 2015