Selena Ramic – Paris, France
Born in Serbia, Selena never knew why she was different until she came to the U.S. This small town girl grew up in a community where everyone thought her achievements were handed to her because of her disability. But Selena strived for years to prove to her teachers and mother she didn’t need to hide behind her ET. “I am who I am because of my disability, as well as the enormous love and care I received from my parents…they treated me as if I was the same as everyone else,” Selena said.
Today, everything is different. Selena excelled at the University of Minnesota where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a French Studies minor. She volunteered for President Obama’s presidential campaign while helping the United Nations Association of Minnesota organize a model UN for students. All of her efforts led her to Sciences Po, a prestigious French school for political science where she is currently working on her master’s degree in Human Rights and an internship at UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), a specialized agency of the United Nations.
“My parents do not even notice my successes anymore. But I am glad they got used to having an ambitious child, full of life, whose difference only made her dream bigger and achieve more than if she was just an ordinary girl,” Selena said.