Profile In Excellence: Mohamed Eid
In this edition of Profile, we proudly introduce student, Mohamed Eid, who is from Cairo, Egypt. Mohamed joins the Lincoln University M.B.A. program with a solid background in Accounting, Law, and Law Enforcement. He has studied Accounting and Business in the United Kingdom and Law Enforcement and Law in Egypt.
Mohamed is a highly motivated professional, a self-starter with a keen eye toward customer service. Such a perspective is quite advantageous as he’s utilized it in various ways in solving all types of client issues. He also served as a Police Officer in Cairo for six years—it was a great fit, right in line with his academic and professional career goals. Following are some of Mohamed’s thoughts on a few topics we posed to him recently.
PIE: What are some of the challenges in getting to know people who are from other countries?
Mohamed: It’s vitally important. There is something called ethnocentricity which means you are only aware of your own culture and therefore think it is the best and everyone else’s is not as good. When you learn about other cultures, you learn about other people—how they see life, what they have to cope with, what they think is important.
It gives you a better perspective on your own life and you can see how much you have to be grateful for. It gives you more tolerance for ways not your own, and the ability to be friendlier to many different kinds of people.
PIE: What are some new and interesting things you have learned about the U.S.?
Mohamed: The United States of America was one of the first republics of the modern era, and to this day possesses one of the world’s longest-lasting political regimes. “The United States,” as a single, stable country has survived unmolested since its 1776 founding, and has never undergone a coup, revolution, or other form of internal breakdown leading to the emergence of a new regime.
But when you get to be as old as the U.S.A., you start to show signs of your age. Like an old geezer at a rave, the United States is a nation that doesn’t quite fit in with all the other countries a lot of the time. The U.S. possesses a lot of distinct political-cultural traditions that lack international precedent; this is the direct result of the country’s very unique history and demographics.
PIE: What seems odd about living in the U.S.?
Mohamed: The thing that impressed me most about America is the diversity in the society. The population is diverse and includes people from around the globe. Though it was my first trip to the U.S.A., I felt more comfortable here than I felt anywhere else.
One of the reasons was the easy communication. The language of America, English, is familiar to a large percentage of the world population. The whole world has started to realize the importance of English; as such, it has begun to be taught in elementary schools.
PIE: What are some of the interesting places you have visited in the U.S.?
Mohamed: I have only visited San Francisco and here some of the sites I saw:
1: Lombard Street—the Crookedest street (and one of the prettiest) in the world.
2: Golden Gate Bridge—just a marvelous site to see, and a very pretty bridge.
3: Fisherman’s Wharf—eating the best (and freshest) crab sandwiches.
4: Embarcadero Center—lots of things to do (shopping, restaurants, people watching).
5: Union Square—shopping, urban little park area.
6: Ride a cable car—goes up and down the hills of San Francisco.
7: Golden Gate Park the botanical gardens, visiting the Japanese Tea garden, the newly renovated de Young Museum.
8: Beaches like Ocean Beach (the sunsets are beautiful).
9: China town and taking pictures of the “Chinatown gate” on Bush and Grant Streets.
10: North Beach area—lots of Italian eateries (and bars).
Thank you, Mohamed, for your thoughtful comments and for sharing them with us, here. Wishing you the most success in your academic and professional career, now and in the future!
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