Sophomore Devotes Quarantine Time to Music and Healthy Living
This past month has been hard for all of us, and specialists say that it will only get worse before it gets better. However, Bahram Asgarov can only feel motivation rising in him and keeps a healthy routine on the AUBG campus.
Bahram was born in the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku and soon after that moved to Shamkir with his family. “Mostly village life,” he shared “but I miss it a lot.” He came to AUBG in the fall semester in 2018 and is currently a sophomore.
As a second-year student, he keeps a very busy schedule. While he is doing a double major in Business Administration with a marketing concentration and Political Science and International Relations, he also takes part in four clubs. The little free time he has left he dedicates to his healthy lifestyle by going to the gym, taking a quick half-an-hour run or enjoying the refreshing water in the sports pool in Elenovo. Nevertheless, even after all this, he still finds time to meet up with his friends.
Friends are an essential part of Bahram’s life. They mean a lot to him and he is ready to do anything for the closest ones. “Caring, giving emotional support and always ready to help,” he shares, is the way his friends would describe him. “Whenever I have a friend who feels bad and he/she comes and shares something with me personal, I am taking this information to the grave. I would never use it against him,” he shares with a spark of passion in his eyes. Bahram says that he is proud of who he is and how he can put himself in other people’s shoes and understand them and be there for them if needed.
“Cancers will have a lot of friends around,” he says. Bahram is really into astrology. He shares that the past four years he has really gotten into it, with the help of his friends. He denies believing that everything is just a mere coincidence. However, he would never use astrology as a reason to write off a person just because their moons do not match and will always approach with a smile and a positive attitude until given the reason not to.
In addition to astrology, music is another hobby of his. He loves listening to all kinds of music with small exceptions, like rock and metal. “Whenever I have some free time I would just open YouTube and listen to some new music,” he says. “I also listen to Azerbaijan music, but only the instrumentals because we have some very unique instruments that I love the sound of. It helps me relax and concentrate.” His affiliation with music does not end with listening, he sings as well. He was one of the solo artists at this year’s AUBG talent show.
Right now, Bahram is on campus, listening to his lectures, doing his homework and keeping his immune system strong by going to the gym. After graduating AUBG, he dreams that he will go and get a master’s degree in Oslo, Norway. After that MBA, he wants to go back to Azerbaijan where he wants to start his own business. However, the army is also in his future plans. He is obliged to serve for one year when he goes back home but he shares that is looking forward to it as a way to pay his tribute for everyone else who fought for his country.
This is a part of a series of stories created for Professor Laura Kelly's Writing for Media class where students profiled their classmates who were quarantined on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic in Spring 2020.