Pakeezah Zubairi is a 21-year-old woman that managed to achieve more in two years than most of us will in a lifetime. She finished secondary school with 18 months’ worth of university credits, completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a master’s in Human Resources Management, and even bought herself a house. By the age of 20.
She worked full time throughout her MBA, so she managed to save enough money to buy her first house at the age of 20. She said that she wanted to be as independent as soon as she could while in high school, so once she had her bachelor’s, she moved out of her parents’ house and lived in student accommodation while she completed her master’s.
Moving out was tough, as she comes from a rather religious background, and her family stopped talking to her when she left. They wanted her to be, in her words, “a good little Muslim girl”, but that just wasn’t for her. She was saving money wherever she could while studying, she never ate out, she never went out drinking, nor did she 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.” – she added.
Pakeezah won’t stop here, though. She is going to study for a Ph.D. and get that finished as soon as she can. She’s the youngest student to ever graduate from an MBA business course at her university, and she’s so happy with what she has achieved and what and her boyfriend have achieved as a couple.
The 21-year-old is independent, working and studying in subjets she loves, and it’s all thanks to the hard work she’s put in and the support of her boyfriend.
“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.” – she concluded.