Congresswoman Robin Kelly Visits Hillcrest High School
On March 19, Congresswoman Robin Kelly took some time out of her busy schedule to visit AP and Honors Junior students at Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills. Congresswoman Kelly kicked things off by introducing herself and telling students about her background, what issues she is passionate about, and her general roles and responsibilities. She then opened the floor to questions, which she answered for approximately 45 minutes.
Students asked Congresswoman Kelly a myriad of questions. Many wanted to know what is takes to acquire such a powerful and sought after position. They asked her where she went to school, the steps she took in her career, if she had always planned to go into the political field, and how she ended up knowing she was in the career that was perfect for her. Students also asked more politically themed questions around topics such as how media portrays politicians, working in public service, the cost of college education, affirmative action, and gun control.
One topic Congresswoman Kelly spoke frequently about was education. A student had asked Congresswoman Kelly if she had ever experienced any hardships or difficulties in her career path. Many students were surprised to find that Congresswoman Kelly had actually dropped out of college before returning and later getting not only a bachelors but a master's degree and then completing her doctorate. They were also intrigued to hear about her many different career pathways as she had started off with a degree in psychology, followed by counseling, and then eventually landed on political science.
"Once you have an education, nobody can take it away from you," she said.
At the end of the session, Congresswoman Kelly gifted the school a copy of Women in Congress 1917-2006. The book was prepared under The Committee on House Administration of the United States House of Representatives. The book is currently being housed in the school library for any student who would like to check it out.