Math and science have their allure, but for Nebraska Appleseed intern Kseniya Ruzanova, it was nothing compared to the excitement she found on the debate team.
“I hated math and science and realized my passion for law after I joined the debate team.” Kseniya said. “Seeing so many immigrants going through really rough times right now inspires me to one day be able to help them.”
A sophomore at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in Global Studies and Russian with a minor in Global Security, Kseniya came to America in 2004 from Novorossiysk, Russia, with her family, and in 2006 she became a United States citizen. She hopes to eventually go on to Creighton University School of Law and work as an immigration lawyer.
“I wanted to gain some experience working for a non-profit law firm. Basically just an office feel for a law firm, more research and hands-on experience.” Kseniya said. “I am hoping to become an immigration attorney and wanted some experience in the Immigration and Communities sector.”
Her own experience as an immigrant has shaped a lot of her view on current immigration policies in the U.S.
“Being an immigrant myself and seeing the American dream, its not automatic, and it’s hard seeing kids being separated from their parents and deprived of their education for no reason.” Kseniya said. “I didn’t have a choice to come here; it’s mostly the parents’ choice to come so I can feel for them. All you want to do is have a career and help the country itself.”
Name: Kseniya Ruzanova
Position: Immigration and Communities Intern
Hometown: Novorossiysk, Russia
Why Appleseed?: I wanted to gain some experience working for a non-profit law firm. I am hoping to become an immigration attorney and wanted some experience in the Immigration and Communities sector.
Future plans: Hopefully attend Creighton Law after I am done with my undergrad at UNL and see where that takes me!