Author Archive of Hyegman

Camp Javakhk 2015: Reflecting on a Successful Jampar

Camp Javakhk 2015: Reflecting on a Successful Jampar By U. Garo Sarajian   After talking to a friend who had just finished volunteering at Camp Javakhk last summer, I knew I wanted to participate in this four-year-old program. Now, as we prepare the campers of Akhaltsikha for their hantes, I wish that I could rewind time to the beginning of the jampar and do it all over again. During my summers at AYF Camp Haiastan, I learned that I love working

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Reflections on the Centennial Commemorations in Istanbul

Reflections on the Centennial Commemorations in Istanbul By U. Garo Sarajian My roommate and I always joke about what things are like in some “parallel universe,” where bizarre things are the reality. For example, in one parallel universe, he is the world’s greatest surfer and I’m in the National Basketball Association. The week of April 24th in Istanbul made me feel like I was temporarily transported to a parallel universe. Now, 75 days

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A Letter to Grandma Catchouny – U. Garo Sarajian

Dear Grandma Catchouny, How are you? Sorry that we haven’t talked in a while. Boy, do I have a lot to share with you. I’m honored to be the first of your descendents to go back to your home city, Van. It was just one of the many places that I saw on my trip through Historic Armenia, which was organized by the ARF Bureau Youth Office. Our first meal outside of Armenia set the tone for the rest of the trip. After savoring the hatz-baneer and

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