Her parents left India to give her more opportunities. Now, she’s planning med school.

Sunidhi Ramesh is among the Georgians interviewed for the AJC’s New Americans series. She was born in India but moved to America as a toddler.

A senior at Emory University with plans to attend medical school, Ramesh talked to AJC multimedia journalist Erica Hernandez in a video interview about assimilation and forging her own identity from the two cultures that shaped her life.

Ramesh addresses the pressure to succeed, which she says comes from seeing the sacrifices her parents made to provide her and her brother greater opportunities in America.

(Ramesh has written two essays for the AJC Get Schooled blog in the past, one on gifted education and another on the pressure on students to get perfect grades.)

 

 

 

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Joshua Tomlinson
Joshua Tomlinson

I actually know Sunidhi. Her parents are both legal. In fact they both make 6 figure salaries individually as computer software engineers. They earned their education in america because in India they were poor farmers. They made the most out of their opportunity and now they are contributing more to America than many of American born citizens are (in the form of taxes, volunteering, etc). Sunidhi earned a full ride to Emory and currently has a 3.9 GPA as a top 100 student. She competed for the same opportunity that every other American kid has. She has the same 24 hour day as everyone else. She also is doing more with it than the average American student. She is president of at least 2 student alliances that I know of (probably more). She’s getting into medical school because she clawed her way in. Not because it was given to her.

So, please, take the anti-immigration dissent somewhere. And blame someone else for your lack of successes and your children’s. Unsuccessful people blame others for their failures. Take responsibility and make your life worthwhile and stop being trailer trash.

kaelyn
kaelyn

Congratulations to Ms. Ramesh. I’m sure she’ll make a wonderful physician. Not really understanding how anyone could have a problem with a LEGAL immigrant coming here to work hard and contribute to our country.

feedback11
feedback11

Wonder how many thousands of American kids miss out on education opportunities—because of overly lax immigration policies that allow high-tech companies to replace American workers with lower-wage foreigners?

And even force those American workers to train their replacements.

Neil Jergensen Savannah
Neil Jergensen Savannah

@feedback11 Wow- if you can't make it in this country after being born here, you are a loser. If you are American born and "miss out on educational opportunities", blame your lack of work ethic, your poor gene pool and general stupidity on yourself and your ancestors. Feedback, you are the ultimate snowflake who takes no responsibility for poor life choices. 


readcritic
readcritic

Did she and her parents enter the US legally? Did they follow the law to obtain citizenship? Did the student pay for her own education? Was she given preferential treatment for college acceptance? Were the parents given subsidies for housing, food, medical, dental, phone, etc.? The opportunity to use "free" American schooling and other handouts paid for by the sacrifices and labor of working American taxpayers seems to be the norm provided by our liberal politicians to greedy invaders under the guise of "improving their life." Illegals are "entitled" and have more financial support from our own government than actual US citizens. There are many bright and equally deserving children of citizens who would relish the chance to go to med school or enter any college program and make a decent salary after graduation, but they do not have the equal opportunity to do so because they and/or their parents are languishing in dead-end jobs in Appalachia and other depressed locations with no hope of escape from their situation. To get an education, many citizens and their children dedicate years to serve in the military or garner massive loan debt. Will she be required to work here to pay back the costs incurred to improve her quality of life while citizens cannot? How many relatives came to the US with the family and how many more will be allowed to follow? How many more children were automatically granted citizenship in this family just because they were born on American soil? (Birthright citizenship/anchor baby) These are the tough questions that should be answered along with all the fluff articles published about the millions who come to our country to better themselves using "other people's money".

Alphare
Alphare

@readcritic You can argue the US should not take immigrants like most other countries, but most of your other arguments are really lame.


Most immigrants are hard workers, working harder than an average american. As a result, I believe they contribute more to the country than an average American too.


You can argue their ancestors contributed nothing though.

Neil Jergensen Savannah
Neil Jergensen Savannah

God you are stupid. First of all, she did come here legally. Second, what immigrants get free housing? That is apparently reserved for lazy American trash (like you) in Appalachia that this girl's family pays for with their taxes. Also, how did you get your citizenship- probably through birth so literally go f--- yourself, you dumb, xenophobic poor piece of garbage?  And what is your excuse for being a loser after being in this country for generations?  And hopefully, you don't reproduce so that we don't have any more of your crappy gene pool constantly blaming others for why you have made life choices that resulted in you being the nasty, jealous loser you are.