If I were to go back to my excited-to-go-to-college self, here’s what I’d tell him.

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I still remember how stressful my high school years were when I was applying for universities abroad from Egypt. Because of how overwhelmed I was, I was just focused on getting accepted into prestigious US institutions and didn’t think much about what would happen afterward.

Before you read this article, here are a few pieces of background information that I think you should know about me and my experience to help put things in their appropriate context.

  • I was born and raised in Egypt and…


Getting started with UX Research? Take a look at this.

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When I first learned about UX Research, I immediately fell in love and I decided that it is what I wanted to do upon graduation. Since I’m still a student, I decided one way to get hands-on experience in the field is to do a UX Research internship.

But as I tried to find resources to learn more about UX Research, I got overwhelmed by all the different channels on which I can learn about it.

Are these credible blogs? Am I going to waste my time learning on this…


Wondering what it is like to be an intern at Udemy?

Two awesome Udemy interns that I had the pleasure to work with :)

This year the User Experience (UX) Research team at Udemy decided to bring on board their first intern, and I was fortunate enough to be the one to fill the role.

Throughout the application process, I was really curious to know what it is like to be an intern at Udemy. I kept searching the internet to learn more, but I didn’t find enough details to soothe my curiosity.

Therefore, I thought I’d write this article for future interns to get a taste of what it is like to…


After grappling with different majors and classes, I realized my passion lies in a field that combines a lot of what I learned — UX Research.

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Phase 0 — Pre-College.

Place: Alexandria, Egypt | Time: Pre-2015

“Yes uncle, I can jailbreak your iPhone…”

For as long as I can remember, I had always been tech savvy.

I used to spend extended periods of time on my computer learning about things (that were mostly tech related). I also used to game. When I was 12, I created a little hack for an online game and got thousands of views on YouTube.

By the time I was in high school, I was the go-to guy among my friends and family for any tech-related advice.

My teachers, friends, and family all expected me…

Omar K. El-Etr

Product Manager @Pluralsight • Former UX Research Intern @Udemy

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