My road in life took a while to figure out.
She was born and raised in Sarajevo, Bosnia—was 12 years old when the Bosnian War broke out.
While visiting her grandparents in another town, the border to her country was shut down and she ended up getting separated from her parents for two years without any contact.
Eventually, her family was forced to flee the country and they were brought as refugees to Germany with the help of the United Nations.
For three years, they lived in Germany in cramped wooden barracks alongside a dozen other families—says she looks back on this time with positivity because her family was safe and together.
Placed in a school that was not designed to prepare her for college—she successfully petitioned her teachers and was sent to another school so she could go to college.
Her family was among the first Bosnian refugees to be resettled in the U.S.—says her experiences fleeing Bosnia as a child inspired her to either become a journalist or work for the United Nations.
After getting her master’s degree, she worked as a journalist for a while, but decided to switch course and started working in communications for a refugee resettlement organization.
She now works for the United Nations Development Programme mobilizing celebrities to advocate for social and environmental causes—says she still can’t believe she achieved her childhood dream.