From a New Angle
Right now I'm in the U.S. enjoying the seventh month of my stay
as a high school senior in central Pennsylvania. I've subscribed
to Azerbaijan International for more than two years now; it's
always nice to know there's an information source that represents
my country around the world.
AI gives us all the nuances of the typical Azeri characteristics
that are sometimes imperceptible to us. This magazine combines
everything I'd like to share about our country, exposing history,
culture, religion, politics and current events.
During my stay here, I've discovered a variety of feelings that
have never occurred to me before. I used to take things for granted,
and the cultural baggage didn't seem like a big deal. But after
being separated from home for a year, I started to see Azerbaijan
from a different angle and experienced a feeling of honor and
pride in my country. I saw that Azerbaijan is worthy of being
cherished, loved and improved.
It's frustrating to see all the down sides of Azerbaijan compared
to the U.S. Moving towards my departure, I can tell that it will
be difficult to adjust to my old routine. But I believe that
the Freedom Support Act was created so that we could make changes
at home to improve our lives.
FSA Foreign Exchange Student
(8.1) Spring 2000.
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