DeBlogs > Richa Patel > My Memorable DePaul Experience
By Richa Patel /
May 2, 2018 /
Posted in: Student Life /
There is always a lot going on in Chicago and probably some sort of event every day. Also, there are always famous people in the city not to mention there are a lot of great people who are from Chicago. Like Barack Obama.
In the spring of 2017, Obama came to the University of Chicago for an event on their campus. This was the first time he made a large public appearance since leaving the White House. He did a talk with young leaders (college students) from all over Chicago.
The discussion was very inspirational and was mostly lead by the students with Obama having charming comments in between. Here are just a few of my favorite quotes from that event:
“The single-most important thing I can do is to help, in any way I can, prepare the next generation of leadership to take up the baton and take their own crack at changing the world”
“It’s not just that we’re reading different news, but we don’t talk to each other anymore. Civic engagement at some point will require a level of civility”
“Worry less about what you want to be and worry more about what you want to do”
This event was very intimate. I believe there were only 400 people in the room and 300 of those were Chicago university students. Each Chicago University received a few tickets where they could pick how to distribute the tickets. DePaul chose to raffle these tickets off through an online sign-up and I was happy to get a ticket.