Woman Completes Two Degrees, Starts Ph.D. And Buys First Home All By The Age Of 21
On 30th July 2020
Pakeezah Zubairi is a 21-year old woman from Florida who has spent her whole life studying and working to save up money. Now done and dusted with two degrees and buying her first house at the age of 20, the girl is ready to start her Ph.D. soon. Talking about her life she says, "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."
This 21-year old woman has managed to achieve more than any one of us could manage in this lifetime. After completing her bachelor's and master's, getting two degrees, this girl even bought her first house at the age of 20. Now after all this, she has started her Ph.D.
Hailing from Florida, Pakeezah Zubairi finished secondary school with 18 months' worth of university credits, having taken classes and tests after hours, which means by the time she was able to start her bachelor's degree in Psychology she was able to skip the first half.
Done with her first degree just before her 19th birthday, Pakeezah moved onto to her second degree and do 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.
"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 has worked really hard throughout her life. The hard-working girl started her bachelor's degree in science in 2015 and was finished with it in just 18 months. She 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."
Pakeezah is now working hard to get accepted in for her Ph.D. in Industrial Organisational Psychology.
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."