Paw Ser Soe arrived in Utica, NY in June 2008 as a refugee from Burma when she was 18 years old. At the time, she joined three of her siblings in the US, but left her parents and four additional siblings behind in Thailand.
Thanks to your support of LIRS, Paw was resettled by our affiliate Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees and able to enroll in a local high school to improve her English. She spent nearly two years in a high school classroom before she graduated and was ready for college.
This past May, she graduated with an associate’s degree in International Studies and plans to continue her education at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY.
Before coming to the U.S., Paw had a big vision in mind for her future and she has not waivered from those goals since. “I want to become a leader. My goal is to create a better life for the poorest people in the developing world,” Paw says.
She would like to work for the UN one day as an ambassador and hopes she can change people’s lives by sharing her story. Thank you for helping make her dreams come true!