10-year-old college student studies at Las Positas College in Livermore

- Pleasanton native Kairan Quazi could be Silicon Valley’s next innovator one day. At the age of two, Quazi was completing sentences. At seven years old, he learned how to code. Now, he’s 10-years-old and studying at Las Positas College in Livermore.

By all accounts, Quazi looks like your normal kid lugging around a colorful backpack on wheels. However, his school environment is anything but normal for a 10-year-old.

“The professors treat me like any other student,” said Quazi. “They say can someone other than Kairan
please answer the question because my hand is always up.”

Described by doctors as profoundly gifted, his IQ tested above the 99.9 percentile. His emotional intelligence is also high. His parents enrolled him at Las Positas College last summer when he was nine years old. He’s majoring in math and chemistry.

“I feel very special,” said Quazi. “I think the kids in the beginning of the semester are a bit awkward. They are whispering oh he's so cute. In the middle of the semester, they warm up to me so then they start asking me for help.”

During the day, he's a 4th grader at Helios, a school for gifted children in Sunnyvale. He said his classmates there don't believe he's in college. He proudly shows them his ID.  

“He’s a good student,” said College Counselor Heike Gecox. “He has no trouble getting through his classes.”

Quazi’s college counselor is impressed he can handle the rigor of both schools while still remaining grounded.

“No doubt about it he's very intelligent and gifted young man but what I like about his parents’s approach is they make sure he still gets to be a kid,” said Geocox.

Quazi enjoys Pokemon, Fortnite and martial arts. He also gets a kick out of politics. 

“Of course I’m rooting for my home Senator Kamala Harris,” said Quazi. “She’s also a prosecutor and our next president is going to have to clean up D.C.”

He doesn't have any political aspirations himself.

“I want to be an innovator in artificial intelligence and make people's lives easier,” said Quazi. 

Even though he’s profoundly gifted, he admits he's not good at everything.

“My piano teacher implied that maybe piano just isn’t my thing,” said Quazi. 

Quazi hopes to transfer to MIT in a few years. He’s excited about an internship with a major tech company in Silicon Valley, working in the artificial intelligence division.
 

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