Elon Musk’s SpaceX is poised to hire a 14-year-old Kairan Quazi in July as he completes his college degree.
Quazi said he had a normal path to his studies before going viral after California broadcasters reported on his plans to graduate from Santa Clara University on June 17.
The Bay Area native will be featured in the list of graduates who graduated from colleges when they were children, as well as the institution’s youngest graduate in its history.
According to KGO, a San Francisco television station, Quazi’s family discovered his extraordinary intelligence when he began speaking in full phrases at the age of two.
In kindergarten, he would listen to National Public Radio and tell his teachers and classmates about the stories he heard, according to the Los Angeles Times.
According to BrainGain Magazine, “then, in third grade, he took tests which showed his intelligence was in the 99.9% of the general population.”
According to KGO, Quazi felt unchallenged by his schoolwork, and his instructors, paediatrician, and parents agreed that “mainstream education wasn’t the right path” for his fast learning.
He then enrolled at Las Positas Community College, where he also worked as a highly sought-after tutor, and two years later, when he was only 11 years old, transferred to Santa Clara University to study computer science and engineering.
It was in the college environment where “I felt like I was learning at the level that I was meant to learn,” Quazi said to the Los Angeles Times.
He told KGO that his experience was largely normal. He would unwind by playing video games, the Times reported.
He spends his time reading and he also served on the student senate.
“There wasn’t anything to compare it to [so as] to say, ‘Oh, this is different,’” Quazi said. “But I really enjoyed it – I made a lot of close friends. I think after a few days the novelty of me being there wore off.”
Quazi gave a job interview with Starlink, the satellite internet division of SpaceX.
He said he coveted the position because it would let him be part of something bigger than himself.
He and his mother are planning to move to Redmond, Washington, near the office.
It was at college that “I felt like I was learning at the level that I was meant to learn,” Quazi told the Los Angeles Times.
According to KGO, his experience was mostly normal. According to the Times, he would unwind by playing video games.
He enjoys reading and has served on the student senate.
“There was nothing to compare it to [so] that you could say, ‘Oh, this is different,'” Quazi explained. “But I had a great time and made a lot of close friends.” “I think the novelty of my presence wore off after a few days.”
Quazi interviewed with Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite internet branch.