But no - it's all "stupid western culture". We are meant to study our butts off, reject any romantic opportunities, establish ourselves in a great job, THEN allow our parents to find a fiance.
What a load of crap.
Once I finally became financially independent (~22), I still didn't have my own place as I had debts to pay off. I tried living in share accommodation for a bit, but lost my job and it became too hard so had to move back in with my parents. I've been completely independent since 26 (Just when my sister turned 18). During this time, I found it extremely difficult to find a suitable match - most of the genuine girls are taken during university (thanks a lot mom and dad for effing me up and being so ignorant). The only ones I come across now are those with a tonne of baggage, or are undesirable in many ways (e. g. racist, homophobic, uneducated, lack ambition, are smokers, are divorced, have kids)