Gisselle Zamora Ruelas

Northeastern University
Class of 2025

Create a connected world based on the value of understanding.

When Gisselle was eight years old, her mother was briefly deported to Mexico while awaiting legal residency in the U.S. Through this experience, Gisselle learned the value of both independence and community, as she relied on herself and others to persevere through that uncertain time in her young life. Resilience soon became a core tenet that she carried with her, particularly as a student-athlete and co-captain of her Varsity Cross Country team. “I faced a variety of injuries that shifted my paths and goals. Relentlessness is a vital quality to have as we face challenges. Resilience to keep going is my most important attribute.” Off the field, Gisselle is a leader at school, serving on IB Senate, student government, Dreamer’s Club, and volunteering as a translator to five families every semester during Parent-Teacher Conferences. Gisselle enjoys learning about new cultures and is passionate about creating a connected world through empathy and understanding. She hopes to one day open a mental health clinic providing care to low-income and marginalized communities.

Leadership:

  • Dreamer’s Club, Lead Organizer
  • IB Senate, Vice President
  • National Honor Society, President