Bossan Abdyyeva is originally from a small village in Turkmenistan. She grew up speaking Turkmen and Russian, and enjoys learning new languages. She is the first person to receive a higher education in her family. She holds two Associates in International Studies and Spanish, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. During her journey of applying for masters’ programs, she became a Global Rhodes finalist. Bossan is passionate about women’s rights (especially educational rights) in Central Asia, while studying Russian influence on former Soviet Union countries. She believes that Russia affects education in Central Asia, and has research interests that include women’s educational rights, equity, and human rights. Bossan's career goal is to become an ambassador/diplomat in the future. Outside of academics, Bossan enjoys running, outdoor activities, and extreme sports.