I’m still in sophomore year of high school and have lived in Egypt – a third world country – my whole life.

Tell us a little about you(your background and how was it like)?
I’m still in sophomore year of high school and have lived in Egypt – a third world country – my whole life. This kinda changes the way we are brought up, as Egyptians are much more strict in a lot of ways than, let’s say, Americans. My upbringing was good and I’m especially close with my mom since I’m an only child, but I don’t have the same type of experiences that people in Europe or the Americas would have.
What are the bad things you see on social media?
A lot of the time major influencers will post highly edited images or “show off” their perfect lives, and even though all the other people on social media preach about not taking note (myself included haha) it’s really difficult not to. Sometimes, when I’m feeling really low, I find myself coming back to these influencers and wondering where I went wrong or what I could do to look, act or be like them.
What are your goals in life?
I haven’t decided on what I want to do yet – which may seem strange because whenever someone asks me my first answer is ‘lawyer, after having studied international law in Amsterdam’. That’s the answer my parents want to hear though, and it’s not what makes me happy. So my goals in life at this point are kind of unclear because I don’t know what I’m going to do, where I’m going or what’s going to change.
What would you do if you could change the world?
If I could change the world (a topic frequently discussed by my parents and I) I would begin by stopping the arms trade and investing money in poorer third and second world countries to aid them in their financial struggle. At the same time, taking an immediate course of action about the changing global climate would be necessary to hinder the continued decay of our planet. Then come problems like world hunger, the water crisis, terrorism and disease. These would all have to be eradicated as soon as possible to allow for a stable groundwork to build upon.
Are you happy in the position you are now in life?
Right now, my position in life isn’t bad – of course, ask me that in a few months and I’d probably break down haha, our looming GCSEs are a source of much fear and chatter. Other than that I think I’m alright, I’ve got a close-knit circle of friends and I’m getting treatment for a condition that has affected me ever since I was young – so yeah.
What questions would you like me to make next for the new interviees coming to the website?
I really enjoyed filling out your interview and I’m sorry that I had to leave “what are the hardships you go through” blank, I didn’t know if it was a general or specific question. Thanks 🙂
Jeremy Manning


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