Oguljan was born and raised in Turkmenistan, on the northern outskirts of Garagum desert which covers most of the Turkmen land. She grew up speaking two languages, Russian and a dialect of Turkmen. Before her university studies, Oguljan worked for an international humanitarian organization, Doctors Without Borders, for nearly four years, where her job involved translation and interpreting for medical experts. Oguljan moved to the United States in 2007, and has studied and lived here since then. In 2010, she received her Master’s degree in Slavic languages and literatures, with a concentration in Russian literature, from the University of Virginia. She has enjoyed teaching Russian to American and other foreign students since 2008. Oguljan’s ability to speak both Turkmen and Russian gives her a unique perspective into the depths of Russian language and marvel at the symbiosis of Slavic and Turkic roots that give birth to Russian.