Moving from country to country is a very big change. It involves many factors ranging from learning a language to understanding a culture. When making this shift in the midst of your studies, there are many things that you don’t expect to happen. Personally, I studied here at AIS from elementary all the way to my senior year, but in between, from grade 6 to grade 8, I had to move to Saudi Arabia as my father’s company was in need of his services there. At the time, as many others were, I didn’t want to leave my friends here after spending so much time with them, and I thought that living abroad would be miserable. Three years later, I came back unchanged. How? Because I wasn’t the only one to make this move.
In Saudi Arabia, to my surprise, I found that four Egyptians, who quickly became my friends, were going to my school already, more coincidentally all in the same grade. Afterwards, I found that the Arabs abroad aren’t too different from those in Egypt, so I continued to expand my horizon until I found myself fitting very comfortably into their community. I don’t know whether or not it’s because of the diverse community in both Egypt and Saudi Arabia, but I also found that my education didn’t differ all along.
Although this seems like a very boring experience with no twists, I think that those of you coming to Egypt to study, or even traveling abroad for university, should be proud to hear this. Let everything flow the way it does, and next thing you know you’ll be back to your original life, with a smooth and flawless transition in the process. I know how it feels to part from friends, but even with that you can always communicate digitally for as long as you’re away. It won’t be that much of a burden in coming days, but if that’s what you’re worried about, then so be it!
By: Ahmed Abdellatif