From birth, Sawsan Ahmed’s father was convinced that his IQ was above average.
Wesam Ahmed recalls that moments after he was born, Sawsan stopped crying and turned his head at the sound of his voice as he read to him.
His mother, Jeena Santos Ahmed, initially dismissed his suspicions, but a few months later it was clear that Sawsan was reaching each milestone much earlier than the other cubs.
By the time Sawsan was 15 months old, she was already speaking in full sentences. At 2, she was reading and writing letters to her mother.
Her father is a physician currently working at the Cleveland Clinic center in Abu Dhabi, and her mother has a doctorate from Brown University.
Both of her parents nurtured her passion for education and encouraged her to pursue her academic interests. They considered private schools, but ultimately decided that Jeena would educate at home.
“Whenever she shows interest in something, we dive into it and try to follow her interest as best we can. »
Due to his academic prowess, Sawsan graduated from high school early and began taking classes at Broward College. At the time, she was only 10 years old.
“At the very beginning, everyone helped me,” she recalls. “But at the end of the semester, all the other students were asking me for help with questions. »
Now 12, Sawsan just became the youngest person to graduate from Broward College in its 61-year history!
She earned an associate’s degree and plans to start her bachelor’s degree next spring at the University of Florida, where she will study computer programming, chemistry and biology.
While her accomplishments are impressive, Sawsan insists she’s like any other kid her age in many ways.
She prefers pigtails and often has a teddy bear stuffed in her backpack with her textbooks, and she’s a huge Disney fan. She also loves art, music and video games.