Local students experience history in the making
A weekend filled with energy, excitement and emotion to spread across the nation, with some south central Kentuckians to witness it all.
"We were there, we saw it, we heard it. We saw history," WKU Glasgow Campus Academic Advisor Richard Fitzpatrick stated.
A trip to the 2017 Inauguration, attended by a WKU Glasgow academic advisor and students.
"This particular study away trip was planned not knowing who was going to be the president at the time. Either way, it was going to be a historic event, and, as it turns out to be, it was probably extra historical by the fact that Mr. Trump was elected," Fitzpatrick mentioned.
An academic trip that demonstrated the definition of democracy in our modern-day America.
"The day of the inauguration, I saw people of all colors, creeds, mixed in that crowd. Even though I am a proud republican, at that moment, it wasn't about being republican, about being democrat, it was about being an American," WKU Glasgow Campus student Coe Campbell stated.
An experience that left pride in Coe Campbell's heart for witnessing history in the making.
"It was just exciting to see the birth of something new. Nothing ends with a new president, something new just starts. And so, just being there for that new chapter in American history, that will be a chapter in a history book one day, that was just phenomenal," Campbell explained.
But not everyone attended the inauguration. Instead, people like Kenzie Grubbs made their own impact by attending the Women's March in Nashville.
"It was very much a positive way to be trying to bring about change, and it was a really cool experience to be a part of with how huge it was across the country," Kenzie Grubbs stated.
A nation-wide movement with a simple message for everyone.
"If you have an opinion about something that's happening, whether you're agreeing with it or disagreeing with it, democracy doesn't just work on it's own," Grubbs added.
A modern-day America still living on it's first day principles.