On a Sunday evening I was doing some work with my Microgravity team at school. Word had just broken out that the President of the United States would be visiting and everyone was talking about it. I got an email from the dean of the college of engineering asking me to call her as soon as possible. When I did she asked me if I would like to possibly introduce the President.
That next evening I was at the practice with a half written speech and testing with the microphone. And then the next day, Wednesday, I walked into the sports complex with my mom and my boyfriend. Only a couple of other close family knew what I was about to do. My family was seated and then I was taken backstage to meet the President. I was in the line with senators, representatives, community contributors and students.
After meeting the President I was taken behind the stage and I went over my speech some more. And that is when the real nerve wrecking thing happened I actually had a full conversation with President. I say full conversation because I was the only one there except for the Secret Service but I let him do most of the talking. He talked to me briefly and before I knew it, it was time to get on stage. I will let the video tell you the rest.
It was an amazing opportunity and I do hope that whatever I do, wherever I end up working that there is always a public speaking component. I was even featured in the Huffington Post. It is an honor to get chosen for these awesome opportunities.
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President Barack Obama greets introducer Camille Eddy during a photo line at the Caven-Williams Sports Complex at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, Jan. 21, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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