Dear Sir/Madam, my prospective future employer,
If you have just searched my name (Mina Mahrous), and landed on this page (Thank you Google!) then you are probably considering my CV, which is good. I would like to tell you that I am, most of the time, a serious person and a hard worker; even if this website suggests something else. I mean yes, I haven’t put much thought into naming my website, and after buying a domain and starting to get regular readers I noticed that the name is too dreamy and might imply laziness “ahh, maybe another day I’ll get there”…but no, that is not what I meant, honest! I just wanted to imply that there are many places that I want to visit, and will get to, someday (whenever given the chance!).
Moving on from the title, let’s look at the content. Well, as you can see, the website (at the point of writing this post) has been up for more than two years, people grow up. Yes, I did all of the stupid things that are included, but I also did some good things and learned some valuable lessons that have added to my personality a lot.
A few weeks ago, when talking to a student adviser in my university at the career and employability department, she easily suggested I delete my blog, or at least remove some of the posts that show my weaknesses…maybe even write a few posts showing fake strengths? But I thought that if we start our relationship based on lies, it wouldn’t be a good one would it? Plus, you would still ask me that annoying question in the interview about my weaknesses, well at least now you have something to compare to! Bring the challenge on 😉
Also, many pictures of myself on this blog are not very presentable, please don’t judge a book by its cover. I do always travel on a very low budget, having just a couple of tshirts and one pair of shorts with me for a few months does make me look homeless after sometime. I guess also the beard with the weird (yet usually convenient) hairstyle (whether the I-don’t-give-a-damn Afro or the I’m-too-lazy-to-do-anything-about-it pony tail) add to the look. This is not the case when I’m at work or in formal places! However, if possible, I’d like to keep the beard, it became a part of me now after my first solo trip…
I’m not sure if I have mentioned before that I did not want to be a pharmacist at all, but I’m pretty sure I have mentioned how much I hated working as a community pharmacist, in Egypt. Moving on from this, I still decided to pursue a master’s degree (until now) in drug discovery and development because well, it IS one of the best options to me with pharmacy as my base. If to be 100% honest though, I do see myself working in a lab, doing research and writing papers (I like writing; if you haven’t noticed).
The last thing I’d like to say is, if you look at this website from a different angle, I am here sharing how I learned the value of being open minded (and this post too about open mindedness), how I learned to endure pain to get to a goal, how I learned to live on my own in different cultures and get along with their ways of living, and how I sometimes did wrong with good intentions, and being stupid enough to write about it on a website my mom checks regularly (Hi Mom!).
After all, the internet is full of tricks of how to represent your drunken trip in South East Asia, or your Greek Island hopping trip, in a good looking way to impress an employer, I seem to have ruined my chances at that with this website, so I thought as well of trying to come totally clean and sending you this letter.
PS I will still travel in all given vacations (given my salary will be enough for that!)