Nethmini Weerasekera (b. 1999) was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In 2017 she immigrated to the United States with her parents and two brothers. After studying at Portland Community College for two years, she transferred to Oregon State University, where she pursued a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with a minor in Chemistry.
At the time of this interview, Weerasekera was anticipating graduating after two more terms. Much of her interview focuses on her transition from Sri Lanka to the U.S.; Sri Lankan culture, economics, and politics; Buddhist religious practice in Sri Lanka and the U.S.; and her academic experience at PCC and OSU.