Woman Completes Two Degrees, Buys First Home And Starts PhD By 21
A 21-year-old woman has managed to achieve more in two years than most of us will in a lifetime, having completed a bachelor's degree, followed that up with a master's AND even bought herself a house all by the time by she was 20.
Oh, and as if that wasn't enough, now she's starting a PhD.
Pakeezah Zubairi, from Florida, finished secondary school with 18 months' worth of university credits, having taken classes and tests after hours. This meant that by the time she started her bachelor's degree in Psychology, she was able to skip the first half.
Her bachelor's was all done and dusted just before her 19th birthday, meaning Pakeezah was able to move onto her master's in Human Resources Management - becoming the youngest student to get a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at Lynn University, Florida, after completing it just days before she turned 20.
Throughout her MBA she also worked full time, so by the time she was 20, she'd saved enough money to buy her first house.
Pakeezah, a senior human resource specialist, said: "I knew in high school I wanted to be as independent as soon as I could.
"I wanted to get out of my parents as soon as I could so once I had my bachelor's I moved out and lived in student accommodation while I completed my master's.
"It was tough moving out, I come from a very religious background and they stopped talking to me when I left because they wanted me to be this good little Muslim girl and that just wasn't for me.
"I feel like all I did from high school until I got my house was work and study - during my master's I worked full time while my course was full time as well. I would write papers until five o'clock in the morning and then sleep two hours and get up for work.
"I was saving money wherever I could, I never ate out, I didn't go out drinking, nor did I spend a penny on designer clothes, gadgets or holidays.
"My boyfriend Steven was a massive help, he stayed up with me to study and we bought the cheapest food we could which was all pretty awful for our bodies, ready meals and super noodles. My friend would drive me from work to school every day.
"By the time I finished my master's degree Steven and I were already saving for the house and we saved the $7,500 deposit needed to secure our mortgage within a year.
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"Now I want to keep going, I'm going to study a PhD and get that finished as soon as I can.
"When I look back to the work we put in I'm just so happy with what I have achieved and what we have achieved as couple.
"I'm the youngest student to ever graduate from an MBA business course at my university and that feels amazing.
"It was all worth it, I'm independent, working and studying in subjects I love and it's all thanks to the hard work of my younger years and the support of my amazing boyfriend. We're just over the moon.
"I would advise anyone to try and get onto the property ladder as soon as they can. The two or three years it takes to save up suck, but the payoff is incredible."
Pakeezah started her bachelor's degree in science in 2015, and was finished with it in just 18 months.
She continued: "I was doing anything I could for extra credit, additional courses, tests and classes, all to give me a good head start when starting university.
"I carried this on while at university, the standard number of classes people took a week was four and I was taking seven while working full time."
The hard-working student then finished her master's in 2018, before going on to buy her home when she turned 20.
"It's great, I know I'm lucky with the help I got and my boyfriend's family really became my second family and the people I knew in Lynn were all there to help me along the way," she said.
"I probably missed out on a lot of teenage stuff like going out, takeaway food and girls holidays but now I'm getting to do it all in my twenties."
Now Pakeezah plans to start a PhD in Industrial Organisational Psychology, and is currently working on getting accepted onto the course.
She added: "It's essentially just general psychology but also involves human capital management, and how to make people more efficient.
"And after the PhD... well, I'm planning on having a lie-down."
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