Khubaib Farooq is committed to improving the human condition. He came to America from Pakistan when he was 15 years old and says the welcoming and supportive community helped him overcome homesickness or culture shock. He aims to do the same for others because he understands what they are going through. As a result, he’s recognized as a student leader and ambassador for international students.
His additional civic service is impressive: he helped with polio eradication efforts and flood and earthquake disaster relief campaigns that impacted thousands in his home country. Last year, Farooq led a social media campaign with his friends that raised $25,000 for COVID-19 relief efforts in Pakistan, helping 2,500 needy families with food for a month during its lockdown. Additionally, Farooq protested the human rights violations in Kashmir, fighting to raise awareness of the issue at USF. He drafted a resolution passed by USF Student Government. His effort paid off and he was invited to present the resolution at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington D.C. and Consulate in New York.
He previously worked as a data science mentor, helping faculty implement a Data Science Certificate program that infuses data analytics into classes college-wide. He led bootcamps and helped train faculty. Today he is a teaching assistant, facilitating review sessions, offering one-on-one assistance and group help sessions, and helping prepare a new course.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from USF in 2019, magna cum laude, recognized, at 19, as the youngest graduate that semester. After graudating in May, he will join Deloitte as a solutions analyst.