Nadine Carroll proudly displays her inauguration ticket in front of the capital before the ceremony.
Later, Carroll took a photo of the crowd surrounding her at the inauguration.
Doyon Foundation student Nadine Carroll witnessed all the excitement of the presidential inauguration first-hand in January 2009. Carroll, a student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), was one of 10 students selected from UAF and sponsored by BP and ConocoPhillips to attend the Washington Center’s Campaign 2008 program in Washington, D.C.
“It was an amazing opportunity to witness Washington, D.C. at such an important time in history and to also explore what D.C had to offer,” Carroll said. “I felt incredibly grateful and lucky that I was chosen to go on this trip. It is a little surreal to see the inauguration on TV now that I am home, and to think I was actually there in person witnessing history. I’d like to thank UAF, BP and ConocoPhillips for making this trip possible.”
As part of the program, Carroll joined a total of 750 college students from across the nation for a 10-day trip to Washington, D.C. in late January. There, she participated in the Washington Center’s Campaign 2008 lecture series, toured the Washington monuments, visited several D.C.-area organizations and museums, and attended a National Press Club luncheon and the HBO “We Are One” concert. She also met the members of the Alaska congressional delegation, including Lisa Murkowski, Mark Begich and Don Young, and witnessed President Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony.
“I hope my experience will encourage other young people to try new things and travel, if the opportunity comes up. This was my first time in D.C. and I met so many great people and saw so many great things. I hope that other young people can also experience that,” Carroll said. “Also, meeting other college kids from around the country, I realized a lot of people have many misconceptions about Alaska, so it was nice to share about Alaska and clear a lot of those misconceptions up.”
Carroll, who is originally from Fort Yukon, is currently studying business administration at UAF and expects to graduate in 2010. After graduating, she said she would like to start a career in Alaska, preferably for a Native entity, so she “can work for the advancement and betterment of Alaska Natives.”
Carroll is the daughter of Janet and Clifton Carroll, and the granddaughter of Harry and Jesse Carroll of Chalkyitsik, and Annie Peter of Fort Yukon.