I have only been at DePaul for less than 2 years now and I have experienced so much so far. My freshman year was the most eventful year, there are a lot of things Chicago and this university have offered me.
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.
I really enjoyed this event because it felt like a conversation with Obama, although I wasn’t talking to him and just watching him talk to six amazing college students from Chicago. I also enjoyed how this event was not about politics at all, it was about how the next generation can get involved and engaged with
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.
Going to a school like DePaul has given me a lot of cool experiences like this. I’m excited to see what else I’ll get to experience while here.