Interview with Elman Suleymanov

An aspiring young writer, pianist and psychologist – Elman Suleymanov is one of our US-educated Azerbaijani Alumni Association members.Today we present his interview to our online magazine. We would like to thank him for his time and energy.

– Did you ever imagine before going to  the U.S. that you would one day study there?

Yes, I certainly had attempted at it for ten years. As the person who failed to be selected for Flex, UGRAD and SUSI, finally I made it to Washington Convention Center after 10 years.

– What did you think about the United States before going there? And how was the U.S. in reality? Was life difficult there?

To be honest, I am not sure I can tell that much about it because the program I participated in was short-term and I spent most of my time attending the meetings, conferences and events. When it comes to my host family, we could call it the ideal American family. I still closely keep in touch with David and Betty; we call or text each other every week. Moreover, their family friends frequently text me to ask my howabouts – I am really thankful for that.

– How did studying in the US changed your life? Did it have any impact?

The American experience has contributed to more changes in my life. I wrote the main part of the first book of mine in the airplane during the travel and return.

– Did the society you lived in know about  Azerbaijan?

Almost everyone knew Azerbaijan in Washington, however, there were those who did not know it in Reno where I spent most
of my time. I think it is very normal just because we are likely to not receive satisfactory responses if we ask people in our regions about the location of Nevada. Have you been back to the U.S.? What  kind of feelings did you have? Do you want to go back to live there? Unfortunately, I haven’t had appropriate time for that, but I plan to do so in the near future. When it comes to living in the USA, I am not sure of it. I will definitely go in case I
win the Green Card.

– Was it difficult to come back to Azerbaijan? Did you experience any difficulties with adapting back to your Motherland?

Nope. As I mentioned earlier, the term of the program I participated in was short and I would say I even missed Baku. However high the living  standards are in America, I feel more confident in Azerbaijan. I have unilateral love for Baku which I haven’t experienced the mutuality of.

– It would be interesting to know your future career aspirations. What are your career plans? What are your plans for the future?

I am planning to present my first book these days. Although I wanted to be worldfamous pianist in the beginning, then I
changed my mind. I plan to be an international specialist on psychology which is my current field, and a worldfamous writer if it works. Most importantly, I have to be a millionaire.

– What advice would you give to young people in Azerbaijan?

Unfortunately, I don’t like advising. I believe everyone has their own story and a characteristic way of life. What matters is to get the right step there.