12-year-old girl finishes high school, earns college degree

Sawsan Ahmed of Weston, Florida, graduated from Broward College and will attend the University of Florida in the spring.
By: | January 4, 2022

One talented Florida pre-teen is on the fast track to higher education.

Sawsan Ahmed of Weston, Florida, graduated from Broward College with an associate degree and a 4.0 GPA on Dec. 15. In the spring, the 12-year-old will attend the University of Florida to study computer programming, chemistry and biology.

Sawsan’s family said they noticed that she was gifted academically during her homeschooling sessions, where she would quickly go through a curriculum that was several years ahead of her grade level.

“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, told ABC News. “We talked to her about new developments that we read about, we let her listen to NPR and learn about new scientific discoveries.”

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