Well,it is a fact that
I was not always so passionate about studying the international Development, as
I am now. I did my bachelor degree in teaching, and graduated the university
with all the “C”s on my transcript, and it seemed fair for me, just because I
couldn’t afford bribing some university officials, and had to be satisfied with
the “C” no matter how hard I tried. However I always had the “why” questions on
my mind. So I had to find some answers before I apply for the Masters degree in
Social Sciences. I had to prove myself as a public leader.  Thereby I have started my journey.

Although I graduated
with a bachelor’s degree in philology, I have been involved in many projects
and activities in the fields of civic activism and youth education, both during
university and after graduation. Over the years I have participated in a lot of
projects and activities conducted by non-formal organizations and democratic
institutions. I was chosen as an administrative member of the Ganja Youth
Foundation, and we have cooperated with other youth foundations in Azerbaijan,
Georgia and Armenia, to help promote understanding and tolerance among youth
throughout the Caucasus. Throughout the many projects I have participated in,
youth leadership, peace and sustainable development have always been common
themes.

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In
summer 2010, I participated in the Annual Youth Civic Leadership Academy, organized
jointly by Ganja Education Information Center and the US Peace Corps. As part
of this academy, I took courses on Human Rights, Critical Thinking, Law,
Democracy in the United States, and Leadership and received a certificate with
honorable distinction for my active participation in these courses, and the
following year I returned to the academy as a trainer. Unfortunately there are
not enough institutions in Azerbaijan providing youth with these types of
courses. My interest in International Development took me to the USA.  As part of the International Visitors
Leadership Program organized by US State Department, I met with representatives
of top NGOs, including the Boys and Girls Club of America, UNICEF, the Orphan
Foundation of America, and the George Soros Foundation. Through learning about
their working methods and cooperation structure with other institutions, I
realized that the role of non-governmental institutions is essential in the
development of a civil society as well as the resolution of interstate
problems. I learned how NGOs in the US cooperate with other
NGOs as well as governmental organizations to solve complex problems.

With
my passion of contribution to world peace I did a four month volunteer service
in Balkans. This experience gave me a unique chance to be as a small peace
ambassador in another developing areawhich has a conflict similar to Caucasus,
and also to take a look at the current situation in Azerbaijan from the
outside. Through my volunteering experience in southern and eastern Serbia and
my cooperation with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
(OSCE) in Serbia, I have realized that the promotion of intercultural dialogue,
tolerance, and respect for human rights plays a significant role in the development
and peace keeping of any country.

While
working with the Peace Corps Azerbaijan I have learned about the Peace Corps
approach to development and diversity.Working in people-to-people term, not for
but with them by encouraging every man and women, children to actively
participatein for the better change is a key to development. As a result in
order to commit to the development of the world I went to Italy, where I did
eight month volunteering through European Volunteer Service (EVS) in a social field.
I was working side to side-by-side with the people with special needs. It also
gave me an opportunity to observe and have a better idea about the social life
of well-developed and developing countries in Europe.

All
these above mentioned experience made me to feel as a strong candidate for the
Master Program in International Development inUK. I can combine my experience
with the knowledge that I will get from your university and return to my
country and help my people to overcome the challenges that it faces. Unfortunately
corruption is still among these challenges. I see how the governmental
institutions are struggling in the fight with corruption, however it needs a
good back-up, it needs well educated brave people to join the government of
Azerbaijan and take it to the brighter future with zero corruption. Because,
neither peace, development nor human rights can flourish in an atmosphere of
corruption. (Ban Ki-Moon)  Azerbaijan
needs to build a better cooperation with governmental and non-governmental institutions
around the world. This is where I am focusing.  One of my goals in future is to help
straighten a sustainable network between NGOs in the Azerbaijan and Europe and
in order to promote intercultural dialogue, tolerance and human rights through non-formal
education methods.

I
believe The University of Bristol is the right place to fulfill my thirst of
learning.  I am excitedly hoping to learn
from the core units offered by the university such as Conflict Security and
Development. This unit will pushme to better understand the hot conflicts in
Caucasus and contribute to the peaceful dialogues between the nations and
involve more attention from international community to this area.  On the other hand learning about International
Political Economy will help me to analyze Azerbaijan’s economical potential and
have certain clarity about the promoting and hindering forces of development
issues.

Overall,
I owe my current successes in life to thinking critically and not being afraid
to take risks. My experiences training youth at the Youth Civic Leadership
Academy, training Americans about Azerbaijan language and culture, visiting the
US on the behalf of US State Department’s program, monitoring the
most recent parliamentary and presidential elections and working
voluntarily in other communities outside of Azerbaijan have all made me more
responsible member of my community and citizen of the world. My current and
past positions have allowed me to connect with many different people from
diverse communities and be in challenging situations; therefore I see the
potential development of humanity through peace. Now that I have seen the
potential, I want to be involved in the development process. Having considered myself as a young peace activist and peacekeeper, I now know
what I want to do and how to do it. I want to seek my master’s degree in Social
Sciences, focusing on International Development in order to reach my short and
long term goals, become a global narrator for the Peace and Development.