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Aiming High for His Dreams

Waleed is not the type of person who takes the path of least resistance.  He is a dual-major in political science and economics, adding economics in his sophomore year, even though math was his weak point. His rationale: “If math was my Achilles heel, I needed to deal with that. I didn’t want to take the easy road.”

That’s Waleed’s way.  He has been in the Honors College since freshman year, has a high grade average, and often took upper-level courses just to challenge himself. As president of the Student Government Association, he’s also one of the most visible leaders on campus, and represents the student body at events such as the campus convocation for the new president of Rutgers, where he was called upon to speak. He also addressed alumni donors at a reception in their honor, where he was introduced as an example of the types of students their gifts were supporting. 

In addition, Waleed was one of two students on the search committee for the new Rutgers-Newark chancellor, and also was chosen to participate as a bell-ringer during special ceremonies at Old Queens to celebrate Rutgers’ merger with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Throughout this, Waleed interned at a law firm 15 hours a week while carrying a 19-credit course load.

Waleed, who will graduate in January 2014, plans to pursue an MBA and a law degree, and then work as a corporate attorney.


Photo by Fred Stucker Photography