A Girl From A Close Minded Town

I am a 22-year-old woman from Egypt. I know I am young, but I would like to share my story. I was born and raised in a close-minded town in North Sinai. Growing up in a town like North Sinai created many problems in my life. I was never encouraged to have goals or follow my hobbies. I lived my childhood as a normal kid but inside I felt different. I was a dreamer. I had hopes and dreams about how I wanted to live my life. I waited and waited until I saw my chance.

I had to step up and fight for what I wanted when the time was right. My dad didn’t understand me. He didn’t know how to treat me because I was fighting to attend college. I struggled to convince my parents to let me attend a university outside my town. My parents refused. My dad stopped talking to me, and my mom remained neutral. My chance came when I turned 17. In my society, a young adult can make decisions without their parent’s approval. My parents could no longer control me.

I applied to Cairo University. I prayed and prayed, hoping destiny would smile on me. My dream finally came true when my application was accepted to attend college at the University. I felt victorious.

I was forced to face my family who was unhappy with me. They did not want me to go to school on my own. They believed it was wrong. I argued with them and tried to show them why I wanted to learn and experience life. I could not convince them about my dream. I didn’t listen to what they said and left home to go to college.

I graduated with my degree and came back to my small town to face their closed minds again. I came back a new me. I now knew freedom and had learned different things. I was 21 years old and began to struggle with my family again. I shared my dreams and goals with my parents but they only cared about me getting married. I was at the age where they felt a woman should get married but I didn’t believe marriage had a required age. I wanted to start my career and travel the world. This life was my dream. I will keep fighting to achieve my dream.

I ignored the people around me who looked at me like I was a guilty sinner because I chose to leave a close-minded town. I want to encourage all women. Don’t give up hope, keep fighting for your dreams and make your plans. We can do it!


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3 comments to "A Girl From A Close Minded Town"

  • hager

    I am proud of you .. I wish to have ur strength oneday to fight for my dreams .. don’t let anyone change ur mind of make you feel less respectful .. as long as you are not doing anything haram ..keep ur respect to ur parents but don’t let them ruin your future Allah will always be with you and guide you .. wish to see you a successful lady fighting for our dreams in our closed minded society !

  • Alaa Mansour

    Dear Heba:
    you are a really strong young woman and I hope you will succeed in your fight and I hope you would spread the awareness too, not only among parents but also among young girls, who I know many accept and are convinced of what their parents have taught them to be, just as a source of having kids.