On November 7, I had the opportunity of a lifetime. Former President Bill Clinton was supposed to speak at USC, and as a student, I had been invited to his speech. My roommate and I lined up outside of Bovard Auditorium 3 hours in advance of when the speech was scheduled to begin, so that we could ensure that we would get great seats. Our hard work paid off, because we got seats in the very first row! I was sitting only about 15 feet away from where President Clinton was standing.
It was such a memorable experience getting to hear President Clinton talk about his work with the Clinton Initiative and his view on international affairs in the world today. He talked about the idea of interdependence, and how our world is becoming increasingly globalized. After his speech, the Dean of the Marshall School of Business, James Ellis, held a discussion with President Clinton.
I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to hear such a great leader of our country speak. This is in fact the second time that I have heard a former President speak at USC. Last year, I was fortunate enough to attend a speech by President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.
Hearing such great leaders speak at USC reminds me of how lucky I am to be receiving an education at such a fine institution. Often times it is easy to get frustrated with classwork or even overwhelmed by tests, but events such as this remind me of how I should be taking full advantage of my time here, so that I can go on to achieve even more in the future!