I didn't leave the convention center until 8:45 at night. The orientation wasn't a complete mess. Besides understanding the essence of being fun and flexible, I learned some interesting things. Like for one, President Barack Obama will be sworn in with two Bibles. One of them belonged to the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, and the other belonged to the leader of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I also learned that there will be 3,000 volunteers just for the swearing-in ceremonies and 1,100 of those volunteers are way-finders, like me. And the last fun fact of the day is this year is the Capitol building's 150th anniversary.
Herald intern volunteers at the Presidential Inauguration
My name is Felicia, and I will be attending the 57th Presidential Inauguration on Monday. I'm 22 years old and a senior at St. John's University in Queens. I am also an intern for the Long Island Herald.
One might ask why do you even want to go to President Barack Obama’s Inauguration? Well, I'm a Government and Politics major and very interested in the future of our nation. I was chosen to be a volunteer for the Inauguration.
This will not be the first Inauguration I attend. I was present for President Obama's first in 2009. I was a college freshman at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Some of my friends and I had planned on going to the inauguration to enrich our college experience. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. We had to wake up at 3 a.m. and hop on the DC Metro.
We made our way to the National Mall, which was no easy task. There were crowds of people in the freezing cold, but we pushed through the cold with smiles on our faces. The experience was worth it all, once we heard the President start his inaugural speech.
So volunteering for this Inauguration was a no-brainier. I had already been a spectator in the crowd of thousands, so this time I wanted a more hands-on experience. I applied to be a volunteer and heard back from the Inaugural Committee a few weeks later, with a congratulations response. When I received that response my excitement took over and I couldn't help but scream. This is what led me to be a volunteer at this year's inauguration.