14 Year Old Whizz Kid: An Interview with Wajih Ahmed
Usually, Soton Tab interviews take place in a drinking establishment; partly because everyone is more relaxed after a pint and also because they’re the only places we’re welcomed. But this […]
Usually, Soton Tab interviews take place in a drinking establishment; partly because everyone is more relaxed after a pint and also because they’re the only places we’re welcomed. But this time we had to swap the Stag’s for SUSU Café because we were interviewing a minor.
Remember back in August when it was announced a fourteen year old lad would start a degree in economics at Southampton? Well he’s enrolled, survived freshers’ week, had his first lecture and sat down with us for a chat. Here’s Wajih Ahmed.
Oh, and despite being seven years younger than me and a hell of a lot more intellectual, I was probably more intimidated by him than he was by me.
AB: So, Wajih, you had your first uni lecture today, what did you think of it?
WA: It was good, there were a lot of people and I met some new people there too.
AB: Compared to A Levels, how do you think uni will be different?
WA: It’ll be a lot different because I’ll do a lot more stuff on my own and be more independent.
AB: Yeah definitely. A lot of students have called you a legend for coming to uni at your age, how do you feel about being a legitimate BNOC?
WA: It feels good, yeah.
AB: So you know what a BNOC is already?!
WA: Yeah, Big Name on Campus.
AB: Yeah, a lot of students spend 3 or 4 years trying to be one but you’ve already achieved that before your first lecture!
WA: Yeah I suppose so!
AB: We’ve heard you like playing on the Xbox, what’s your favourite game at the moment?
WA: Definitely FIFA 13, I got it the other day!
AB: Whilst at uni, would you be interested in joining any clubs and societies?
WA: Yeah, football for the Social Sciences team on Wednesdays. I didn’t go for the Uni team because it would be quite difficult for me to get in that one and the Social Sciences one is smaller!
AB: So you’re not interested in something like Quidditch then?
WA: Haha no, I’d like to do badminton though. But I saw a few weird societies at the Bunfight.
AB: Yeah there are some odd ones here! Why did you choose to study Economics?
WA: I guess I was always interested in maths but I didn’t want to do just maths because I want to do something that will get me a good job in the future and economics should do that.
AB: So what’s the plan after the Bachelor’s?
WA: I want to go and do another degree or PhD then I can actually live away from home. I’d like to go to London to do that.
AB: So after you’ve done your PhD what do you want after that?
WA: I wanna be an actuary and maybe get a job up in London.
AB: What actually is an actuary?!
WA: They kinda do statistical analysis of insurance and stuff. It’s a good job where you get paid quite a bit!
AB: I’m definitely doing the wrong degree then! So why did you choose Southampton now over Oxbridge?
WA: Well I had to live at home because I couldn’t live away and I only live 10 minutes down the road.
AB: Makes sense! What do you think the hardest thing about being 14 at university is?
WA: There’s a lot of stuff I can’t do, like I can’t go drinking.
AB: Do you think not being able to drink would be a big thing?
WA: No, I don’t think so because I can still go out with friends and not drink.
AB: Do you think there’s anything you’ll be missing out on which other people your age will be doing?
WA: Erm, no. I still live near all my other friends from school so I can still go and see them.
AB: Wajih, what were people’s reactions when they found out that a 14 year old would be on their course with them?
WA: They asked a lot of questions and stuff!
AB: So they didn’t ask if you’d got lost and accidently turned up at uni?
WA: Haha, no. They kind of already knew I was coming after reading about it. So I just met them at the inductions and lectures and stuff.
AB: That’s cool. So even though you live at home with your parents, do you get a student loan?
WA: Yeah I do!
AB: What are your plans on spending the money on? New TV? Xbox games?
WA: Yeah maybe, haha.
AB: Haha ok. What do you want to get out of the next few years here then?
WA: I guess I just want to make new friends and meet new people really!
AB: Sounds good, Wajih!