A Brandon University student invited to the recent inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama says the experience opened her eyes to the importance of education.
"In Washington, I saw that education and ability to communicate are essential to success at a high level," Lyne Milette said. "I observed that firsthand, watching public figures inspire huge crowds. It was incredible."
Milette was asked to attend the inauguration by the Gold Key International Honour Society — one of 800 society members invited from around the world and the only representative from Manitoba.
She spent five days in Washington, culminating in the swearing-in of the president before an estimated crowd of 800,000 near Capitol Hill.
In her third year of an arts degree and enrolled in BU’s applied disaster and emergency studies program, Milette was particularly interested in the security and crowd management in effect at the inauguration.
She plans to share her experiences by talking with students at local high schools. She also hopes to return to Washington for a networking conference.