Shreya Ramraj – Minnesota Nomination & Photography by Ravi Photography Issue 60 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Shreya has blossomed in 10 years from a precocious child to an inspiring teenager. As a passionate dancer and activist for mental health and student belonging, she exhibits kindness, loyalty, and tenacity. With an immigrant family who have different cultural values, she challenges our viewpoints, showing us the struggles of all people, regardless of age or background helping us grow with her. Despite her recent struggles with fitting in and staying on track, she is committed to the journey ahead to becoming the best version of herself. She hopes to pursue psychology, a career choice well suited for her strengths.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? When I was in 6th grade, I had a concussion that caused me to forget even the most basic things, such as multiplication and reading. I have always been an academically inspired person, and this setback was devastating, However, through this experience I learned how to be more grateful for even the smallest things in life that we often take for granted, which allows me to look at everything with a fresh perspective.
What would you most like to talk about in your interview? I am an avid advocate for all things relating to inequality, whether it be racism, homophobia etc. I believe it is crucial to understand that everyone is in a different place on their own journey, something I hope to emulate with the way I approach situations and new people. I would like to talk about how this allows me to be a better person, and hopefully inspire others as well.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? I would talk about the myth of perfection. While I know that this is a well versed topic for many, I think there is a gap between how teenagers perceive each other and what the reality truly is. To me, it is unattainable to be everything depicted across social media, yet I often am plagued by the pressure to be "perfect", as I am sure many others are. I hope to talk about this topic in particular because I believe it crucial to create spaces for honesty and vulnerability, two things this subject encapsulates quite well.
Look for Shreya in issue 60 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!