Our next guest has came a long way from America to be our guest today. Welcome Gahraman! Gahraman, welcome to our studio! How are you? I am doing great! I would like to thank you for inviting me to your show today! We would like to thank you for being our guest and for representing Azerbaijan abroad. Can you please tell us what attracted you to United States and how you moved there? Sure! I completed my secondary education in Baku with honors. When I finished 9th grade, I decided that I want to study abroad. My cousins already studied in USA by exchange program. My mother got her education in UK. So they gave me motivation and belief in success. In 10th grade I started preparing for the SAT and TOEFL exams for admission to an American college. In fall of 2012, I started applying to American colleges. Admission process started a year before the start of my freshman year. I was admitted to 8 universities in the middle of my senior year in school. Which college did you choose out of those 8 and why? Which criterias did you have? I was admitted to universities in different states across America. It was important to choose a good state where I could live. I wanted to live in Texas. I knew that people in Texas are more friendly, this state has oil and gas, it is richer than other states. So it would be a good place to move for my education. Texas A&M University is the best college in Texas. That is why I chose it. And what are you studying? My major is Supply Chain Management. There is no such faculty in Azerbaijani universities yet. It is part of business that deals with logistics, operations management, supply chain and procurement Sounds very interesting! Seems like you have a plan. Can you tell us something about your experience? Anything that happened during freshman year? I think the first year of studying abroad is the hardest one for students. No matter where you study. New culture, new people, new education system. There is a lot of stress and it is very hard to start living on your own at such a young age. Even cooking food for myself was something new. Did you learn how to cook before leaving? Actually, no. I started learning on how to cook when I was in Texas cause I did not have anyone to cook for me. What was the first food you cooked? I guess, I cooked potatoes. So, the first year was really hard. You have to get used to live on your own and get used to the education. There is one interesting story I had during my freshman year. I had some hard times at that moment. I went to Walmart, to buy groceries for one month ahead cause I did not have a car. So when someone would give a ride, I would buy a lot of food. So once, I was at the check out and the total was around 150$. When I was getting ready to pay, one woman approached me and swiped her card. She turned around and said that she wanted to make a good thing for someone. I was simply shocked. I did not know what to say cause it happened so quickly and unexpectedly. She told me “God bless you!”, and left. Wow, you must be so lucky! Yes! And since then I always think of that story whenever I face hardships in life. Fantastic! And how do you represent Azerbaijan in America? I do my best to inform Americans about Azerbaijan, its history and culture. I am also an active member of several student organizations. The biggest one is Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. This Society has more than 3 million members worldwide, and 700 chapters in different colleges. I was inducted to my chapter in January of 2014. Later on, I became an officer. In April, I became the vice president of my chapter. This is my officer medal. And this is my diploma that verifies my membership. Congratulations! We are so proud of you! Thank you! For me it is a great opportunity to be a member of PTK. We get involved in different projects, volunteering events, and conventions. Last big event was in April in San Antonio. We had great speakers and a lot of fun events. It is a great way to improve our personal and professional skills. So far, I am the first Azerbaijani member who has been so active within this organization. Hopefully you are going to motivate more Azeri students to join such organizations. You are just 19, and you already have many achievements in life. What is your biggest dream? I do not make too many long term plans right now. If you want to make the God laugh, tell him about your plans. My main goal is to complete my education, work in Supply chain and logistics industry and it would be great to pursue an MBA degree. I can work in any industry. I would like to work on large scale international projects in US, Europe and Azerbaijan while I am young. We believe in you! So from what I understood you wait to see what life has prepared for you? I would partially agree with that. I know what I want to do in life. But there are many things that we cannot predict. You must be such an inspiration for modern Azeri youth. Thank you very much! And are you interested in sports? Of course. I played basketball for 3 years… You are so tall because of basketball? Actually I was tall when I was a kid. So my parents decided that I should play it. Then I was swimming for 4 years. And of course, soccer. Everyone plays it. Unfortunately, I do not have a lot of time now. But I try to play basketball, and go to swimming when I am in Baku. And what are you doing in Baku right now? I am on holiday. And I came to watch the European Games. I am going to the opening ceremony, and I will support our national team in volleyball and basketball. Such great events do not happen every year. It is a great honor for every Azeri to watch those Games in Baku. Also, I would like to add that I am very active while being in Baku. I host conversation clubs, information sessions about study abroad and etc. I just opened a Facebook page for those who are interested in my activity and those events. Gahraman Craig Rzayev on Facebook. There are a lot of people from all over Azerbaijan who cheer for me and send messages of support. I would like to thank all of them. It is great to know that I have so many supporters. So you came for holiday, but you still work so hard. Seems like you are trying to benefit Azeri youth. Yes. I get used to the tempo of work in America. So when I come home for holiday, I just can’t sit at home and not work. I try to get involved and benefit others. Very active and modern representative of Azeri Youth! Thank you Gahraman. We wish you best of luck in your future work! Don’t forget to be our guest when you reach your next goals. Thank you for inviting me today! It was a pleasure! I remember watching this show when it just came out 3 years ago. To be honest, I did not think that in three years I will be the guest of this show! Thanks for letting me share my experience with other young people and maybe become an example for some of them. Thank you!