By Mirey Kazanjian
“For me, there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length–and there I travel looking, looking breathlessly.” –Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge.
Mr. Suren Avetisian, an attaché at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, graduated in 2014 from the American University of Armenia (AUA), with a master’s degree in Political Science and International affairs. However, he did not stop there; he furthered his education by completing one year course in Diplomacy and International Affairs in the Diplomatic school of Armenia in 2016 and received his second master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratization in Southern Caucasus from the Yerevan State University (YSU) in the year 2016.
It is that year that his journey to success began; he started working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia and received his first diplomatic rank of an attaché. Suren has always seen AUA’s role while having proud moments in his professional achievements since he believes that it has taught him to think fast, ask the right questions at the right moment, think outside the box, and be ethical in everything said and written on paper. Suren still remembers the first time he came to the AUA library before its renovation, “old fashioned, lots of woods and carpets, a little bit gloomy but exceptionally atmospheric,” Suren says. Since age 15, it has always been his dream to study there and become part of the AUA family, so he started taking various courses and exam preparations until he got accepted in the Master’s program in 2011. Suren is thrilled that he decided to study at AUA because he believes that the university has gifted him with a lesson that holds a great value; it has taught him the importance of friendship, the ability to work efficiently in teams and take the time to listen to each other. He believes that these are necessary skills that have assisted him a lot in his endeavors, and shaped him into becoming more professional.
The road to success is never paved beautifully, there are always bumps and downhills on the way, and Suren has also experienced hardships throughout his career. The challenge for him was to keep himself focused on his objective of becoming a diplomat. So he attended several training sessions and selections to build his character and learn some essential techniques and conduct of professionalism. Nevertheless, through the doubts and challenges Suren has always kept inspiring himself by patriotism; by stories about great men who were admired by their people. His love for fine arts has always motivated him to see the beauty in everything he does, and that has given him the strength to keep moving forward and reaching his goals.
Each of us, as moving forward in life and reaching to a particular position or understanding, we wish we could go back in time for a slight second, and advice our younger selves to do some things differently, and Suren if provided with the miracle to do that would tell himself the following: “Be brave, don’t underestimate yourself. Study abroad, travel, travel a lot, and live free.” Suren wants to give this advice to all teenagers, to live free and to broaden horizons and perspectives by traveling.