At age 12, Egyptian-American University Sawsan Ahmed graduated


At age 12, Egyptian-American University Sawsan Ahmed graduated

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At just 12 years old, Egyptian-American Sawan Ahmed graduated with an associate’s degree with a concentration in biological sciences from Broward College in South Florida in December 2021, Egypt Independent and the Daily Mail report.

She graduated with a perfect grade point average of 4.0 and is expected to begin graduate school this month at the University of Florida with a focus on computer science, biology and chemistry.

Sawsan Ahmed was born on January 14, 2009, in Rhode Island, to Egyptian physician Wesam Ahmed and American academic Jeena Santos Ahmed. While Ahmed’s parents refused to divulge their daughter’s IQ, they regaled various US media with stories about their daughter’s childhood.

Sawsan’s first word was “mom”, which she said when she was just 9 months old. “Bye-bye” quickly followed, as her next word.

By the age of 15 months, Sawsan was able to speak in full sentences and even spoke directly to his pediatrician. The infamous “terrible twos” weren’t so terrible for Sawsan’s parents, because she could already read and write by then.

Sawsan graduated from high school at the age of nine in the spring of 2018, having been enrolled in a dual program in January of that year, graduating from high school while entering her first semester at the university.

Until now, her entire education was in the hands of her mother, who earned her doctorate from Brown University, and set up personalized programs for her daughter. While Sawsan struggled somewhat with liberal arts classes, she passed most science classes and was well-liked by students on campus.

Sawsan’s rapid upbringing did not prevent her from enjoying a childhood. The young student loves games, especially the popular game Minecraft. She is also a huge Disney fan. In fact, Sawsan’s teddy – Ben – graduated college with her!

Sawsan has expressed interest in medical artificial intelligence (AI) and plans to steer his studies in that direction.

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