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by Michael Topsakal

Dear Ahmed,

I am glad I put a smile on your face.

What you say about the school, education in Egypt, etc., is true and sad, though I have to admit I am a bit out of touch with the situation. In principle I agree with your views and thats one reason I have been living in North America for the last 35 years. I still come to Cairo once a year and incidentally my flat is diagonally across from the ESC.

There is not much to say to help you out of your frustration other than:
1. Your English is very good, thats really what counts, not as much as how you did it.
2. You graduated from the AUC and got a chance to learn how to think (you cant always do that in other Universities in Egypt).
3. Egypt will always be Egypt, along the line East is East and West is West.
4. Love Will Always Lead Your Country does it sound familiar? This is the Latin motto of the ESC: DUCIT AMOR PATRIAE. Perhaps there is an absence of love in certain parts of the world... I don''t want to switch to politics but thank God I have two countries to love!

To show you how much the world has changed; my sister (class of 1958) studied Latin in school, if my memory serves me right, something that is unheard of now in the USA and not just Egypt.


California, USA

posted on Tuesday, July 20, 2004
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