Alumni Profile

Omar

Santos

All Hallows High School
Class of 2020
Columbia University
Class of 2024
Career Essentials
Fall 2016
BlackRock, The Internship Program
Summer 2019
Morgan Stanley, The Internship Program
Spring 2018 and Spring 2020
"Starting my own investment management firm is easily my proudest accomplishment to date. My business was definitely inspired by the different financial firms I worked at in the past."

Omar Santos is a thriving Futures and Options alum, a sophomore at Columbia University studying business, statistics, and history, and the founder of Xiub Capital, an investment management firm and New York City based think tank. “Starting my own investment management firm is easily my proudest accomplishment to date,” Omar said. “My business was definitely inspired by the different financial firms I worked at in the past.” Through Futures and Options, Omar interned with both Morgan Stanley and BlackRock. At Morgan Stanley, he experienced the “buy side” of financial services, the side of the financial market that invests for the purposes of fund management. Conversely, at BlackRock, he gained exposure to the “sell side,” the side of finance that deals with the creation, promotion, and selling of traded securities to the public. “It let me figure out what I like and what I don’t in the industry. I realized that I’m much more interested in the buy side—–I like being in charge of capital, seeing how it gets deployed, how it works.” 

In the spring of 2020, Omar had just been accepted to Columbia and was getting excited about his freshman year when the pandemic derailed those in-person plans. “2020 was a hard year for all of us,” Omar shared. “Being online at school, having to deal with job uncertainty within my own family, it helped me realize that life is a series of ups and downs, but trying to find silver linings is important. I used the time to work on my business, learn things I didn’t know before, like programming—–I wasn’t very good at first, but now I would consider myself a strong programmer.” 

In one of his Futures and Options career readiness workshops, Omar networked with an older student who told him about the QuestBridge scholarship and how it provides a full scholarship to their partner schools. “Had I not gotten the QuestBridge scholarship, I might not have ended up at Columbia,” Omar said. “I love getting to know people, like other high school students at Futures and Options who had similar interests and were going through the same things that I was, especially with college applications.” 

Omar has also stayed close with his internship supervisors. “Every single supervisor from all of my internships I’m still in touch with—–I’ve been afforded such incredible mentorship from a range of people.” Through Futures and Options alumni programming, alumni such as Omar can stay connected to their internship employers and supervisors so that they can continue to cultivate their professional network. Always opportunity focused, Omar is excited to be interning with Citadel this summer, and is hopeful about growing his own business.

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