Welcome to my home on the internet!

What I'm working on

  1. I am a Product Manager @ Pluralsight. I studied Computer Science at a liberal arts college in Pennsylvania.
  2. On my Medium Blog, I write articles about my professional journey and lessons I learn as I navigate my professional career.
  3. I have a YouTube channel where I try helping students in the Middle East understand the US college application process and talk about my experience living in the US.

My Story

Upbringing

I am Egyptian. I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Alexandria.

Growing up I was fascinated by computers. II remember times when my elementary school teachers used to give me their Facebook credentials to hack Facebook games for them and give them unlimited resources. Not really sure what they were thinking, but they're lucky I was a well-mannered kid and didn't

I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been born to a family that values education and understands that it's one of the best investments one could make. Without this this being implanted in my head at a very young age, I would be in a completely different place now.

I knew at a very young age that I wanted to study abroad. It wasn't just the quality of education that attracted me to the idea, but also the new life and world views I'd be subjected to.

So I started seriously prepping myself for applying to US universities starting middle school.

On Monday, February 16, 2015, I received an email that would change the course of my life:

"Congratulations on joining Bucknell’s Class of 2019 as an early decision student. Your commitment to Bucknell is special, and we can’t wait to welcome you to campus!"

It was surreal.

Moving to the US

After getting accepted to Bucknell University, I moved to the US in 2015 to pursue my lifelong dream of studying abroad. During my time at Bucknell I would meet some of the most fascinating people, many of which are lifelong friends and mentors now.

At Bucknell, I

My time at Bucknell has been nothing short of exhilarating and I am incredibly grateful to have been given such a life-changing opportunity.

Now

I live in Salt Lake City, where I landed my first job as a Product Manager at Pluralsight.

Notice how my story thus far has been work and education-centric. Yea, I want to change that.

I never had the privilege of slowing down and thinking about what life really means to me and how I define success until I graduated college. Thanks to a stable job, I now have the time to think about what I consider a successful life, and it certainly is not work-centric.

This is not to say that I don't like working; I actually love being a product manager and solving complex problems. Nevertheless, I came to realize how workism has become the new normal and I refuse to succumb to it.

And this is why I try to divide the pie we call life as equally as I can around the following:

  1. Family
  2. Health and Wellbeing
  3. Religion and Spirituality
  4. Work
  5. Social Life
  6. Personal Development
  7. Hobbies and Interests
  8. Giving Back

Now even as a single dude with almost no responsibilities, I still find it hard to balance those pieces of the pie. Sometimes some of those pieces get more space, time, and energy than I had intended for them, yet I learned that I quickly need to maintain balance to live a healthy and fulfilling life.

Work

After my 9-5

  1. I nurture my mind — as you could tell by now, one of my most favorite ways to spend my free time is to read about any and everything. I also like to listen to podcasts and watch YouTube videos and documentaries that contribute to my personal development and quench my thirst for learning about new things.
  2. I create content — content creation has been a part of my life ever since I was a little kid. Right now, I create videos on my YouTube Channel, write about about my academic and professional career on Medium, and share my thoughts on any and everything here on my personal blog.
  3. I stay active — my mental sanity relies on this. So when I'm not working or creating content, I regularly workout and play soccer or squash. I also love hiking with friends, and in the winter, I ski down Utah's beautiful slopes.
  4. I develop new skills — whether it's messing around with a new recipe or learning a new skill like painting or web design, developing new skills is something that I really enjoy and brings me a lot of fulfillment.
  5. I spend quality time with friends and family

My Favorite Content

YouTube Channels

Podcasts

Blogs

  • Julian Shapiro — his website can be summarized in two words: brilliance and clarity. Much of the design inspiration of my website came from his. Highly recommend checking his blog out.
  • Nat Eliason — writes about everything from psychology, to self-education, to finance, and shares brilliant notes from books, articles, and speeches.
  • Yash Mittal — a college friend who writes beautifully on life experiences.
  • Taylor Milliman — another college friend who writes about all sorts of things. He also releases his notes of books he's read.

Let's Connect

I'd love to connect with you! Please feel free to reach out.

You'll find me everywhere @omareletr