Selena Trotter, born to two working-class parents in the Pacific Northwest, came from a typical American family. She spent her early years moving around while her parents tried to settle themselves in their own careers. Seeing a desire for excellence from both her parents and those in her close family, she too wanted her life to be productive, worthy, and of use to society.
Selena graduated from high school in Minnesota in 2004, and Majored in East Asian Studies and Economics at Smith College, graduating in 2008. She attended USF for graduate school in education. She has worked in schools, newspapers, startups, started her own businesses, non-profits, and volunteered in all sorts of organizations, and is constantly learning about other careers that she could potentially work in.