Each of us is born with special talents. They come in both creative and intellectual varieties. Others involve the body.
Since Sawsan Ahmed is still a teen, not all of her abilities are yet manifest.
However, we are aware of her extraordinary intelligence. At the age of twelve, she earned an associate’s degree from college with a 4.0 GPA.
Yes, you read that correctly… college! Sawsan enrolled in Broward College in 2018, and she earned her degree there in 2021. She intended to enroll at the University of Florida after graduation.
She wanted to major in biology, chemistry, and computer programming.
“Their courses with Python programming through biology really caught my interest. It’s an amazing place for really studying those topics so it’s really cool that I was accepted I get to go there next semester,” Sawsan told ABC News in early 2022.
When Sawsan’s parents homeschooled her, they claim that is when they first noticed their daughter’s talents.
She would breeze through her lessons and quickly surpass her grade level.
Her education has largely been child-led throughout. When Sawsan expresses an interest in something, her mother, Jeena Santos Ahmed, said, “All of her education has pretty much been child-led. Whenever she shows an interest in something, we sort of dive into it and try to follow her interest as best that we can,” Sawsan’s mother, Jeena Santos Ahmed, said. “We talked to her about new developments that we read about, we let her listen to NPR and learn about new scientific discoveries.”
When Sawsan was only nine years old, she earned her high school diploma. After passing her test to determine whether she was ready for secondary school, she was able to enroll in college.
She began by taking just one course each semester.
Many of her extracurricular activities were cancelled due to the pandemic, giving her more time to sign up for several classes.
Being young among older classmates at first, according to Sawsan, was strange, but that eventually changed. She was tall, which was helpful.
When she revealed that she was ten, she received some very surprised looks from those who had inquired about her age.
She was addressed as “honey” and “sweetie” by her fellow students in her college lab class, and they were eager to assist her.
But by the end of the semester, they were turning to her for assistance and responses to their academic-related queries.
In the 61-year history of Broward College, Sawsan ultimately became its youngest graduate. She claims that the presence of women in STEM fields inspired her to pursue a career in science.
Especially the team leader on the television program “Battlebots,” biomedical engineer Andrea Gellatly.
A prime illustration of the value of media representation. Her father, Wesam Ahmed, a physician at the Cleveland Clinic’s cancer centre, is another inspiration for her.
Sawsan expresses admiration for her father’s ability to save one life at a time.
But she aspires to develop a medical technology that could save many lives at once.
Sawsan states that she plans to pursue a doctorate or an M.D. after completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida.
She wishes to encourage other children to dream big through her story.
Don’t underestimate yourself, Sawsan advised ABC News. Aim high. That mindset is what led me here, the speaker said.
Her parents have consistently exhorted her to follow suit.
“I always tell her: You can drive at 200 miles per hour. If you want to drive at 50, it’s OK, but you should try to do the 200,” her father said. “We never pushed her to sit and study; she does this because she wants to do it.”