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7 Things College Dropouts in Egypt Are Tired of Hearing

Most of these are accompanied by pitiful looks or confused stares.

We've spent our whole lives hearing how important college/university and a degree are, to the extent that it has become a part of our culture and society for people to judge you according to what degree you have or which university you attended. If, however, you never graduated from university, it can become rather grating when people start to treat you as if you're beneath them for not having a degree. If you're one of those people out there without the college degree, you know the LOOK; a mixture of 'seriously?' and 'oh-dear-he-will-probably-end-up-serving-me-fries-poor-thing'. It's actually not that much fun to be on the receiving end of that. 

I never graduated from college but I definitely agree that for the most part, a higher education is incredibly important - but when you're really passionate about what you're studying. I have a full-time job and I also run a small business which (I like to think) I'm good at, but I simply made a different choice and decided to invest my time and money in building a career by diving into real world experiences right away and forgoing all the classes and grades. Clearly, not everyone agrees with my choice. Here are seven things I'm sick of hearing...

"7angawezzak ezzaaaay!!? 7an2ollohom ebnena sanaweya 3amma?"
Mom, dad, please, it's just a college degree - if that's going to stand in the way of my getting married then I'm pretty sure I don't want to be married to the kind of person who thinks like that.
 
"Oh wow, really?! And what do you do for a living?"
I feed pigeons. 
 
"Do you need some money, man?"
Thank you for instantly thinking of me as a charity case but the reason I dropped out of college was not because I didn't have enough money; I just decided to invest my money in a different place and be my own boss. 
 
"Do you think you're qualified?"
Well I've been freelancing since forever with the primary purpose of sharpening my skills in order to answer that exact question. I'm probably more qualified than the fresh grad who's never seen the inside of an office. 
 
"And how do people react to that?"
Just like you're reacting right now. 
 
"Do you have a problem attracting certain types of girls?"
Nah, I'm good, as long as I have money in my pocket. 
 
"Do you regret it?" 
No, I've found that you learn just as much if not more from life experience. You just need enough drive and a positive attitude to get what you want.