16-year-old Muslim girl took pride of place among "the 50 smartest teenagers in the world"
"If you are passionate about what you do, and I am passionate about most of these things, especially with math and science, it will work out well", - says Saheela Ibraheem, who lives in Edison, New Jersey. Name of a young girl appeared in the headlines earlier last year when she was accepted to Harvard University, becoming one of the youngest students ever studied in this institution.
Becoming the record holder in the United States, Saheela was accepted onto 13 other colleges, including the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Brown, Princeton, universities in Colombia and Chicago.
In the end, Saheela chose Harvard. According to her, the opinion of her seven year old brother affected this choice, who also dreams of studying at Harvard.
Saheela believes that the key to success is knowing what you love, and in the development of this as soon as possible.
Being polite and modest Muslim, Saheela says Nigerian parents fully support her as a young scientist.
As well as English, the teenager speaks Arabic, Spanish and Latin and wants to become a research scientist and study the brain.
Being a role model for her peers, Saheela who wears hijab, also enjoys softball, soccer and playing trombone.
She also sings in the school choir and is president of the investment club of the school.
Saheela says that there is nothing special about her abilities, she just makes every effort to ensure that she really likes, and the number one priority for her is always her family. "Anyone who is motivated, can work miracles", - believes girl.