Writing from downtown Cairo 42 weeks after the Egyptian Revolution, I still cannot find words that would express my feelings as an Egyptian student experiencing 18 days of unrest and absolute uncertainty. For more than two weeks, protestors crowded the neighbourhood with outcries that shook the ground; one could not help but hope for a better future to come.
Throughout those grave days I had one source of light: my studies. I was full of faith that one day the sun would rise on free Egyptians empowered by their aspirations and ambitions to build their country. With these thoughts in mind, I knew had to start with myself and build my future by studying hard –even if there was no hope of reaching my school or taking my exams under that turmoil.I personally found my studies with the University of London motivating enough to push me to study even those days when distress and misery were clouding the country. Learning of the mechanisms adopted by different countries’ economies to overcome even the most adverse conditions was a great source of inspiration to me. Ironically, I lived out my passion of studying for a BSc in banking and finance at a time when banks had not been working for 10 days and the Egyptian Stock Exchange had closed down for 8 consecutive weeks.
A few years ago when I heard people saying “Education can change people’s lives”, I used to think that this statement was too exaggerated. Now I have to admit that it is education, among other things, that has equipped me with this foresight and persistence to maintain a constructive approach and contribute to the revolution with an eagle eye on the future. I have just come to realise the depth of the old Arabic wisdom: “Knowledge is a source of light”.
Post by: Mai Mahmoud