Ed. Note: We asked Julia Frost, a guest of Dr. Biden's for the State of the Union tonight, to talk about her experience leading up to the event - many thanks to her for obliging. Dr. Biden, a community college instructor for over 16 years, met Julia while visiting her campus last fall, where they discussed the ways that community colleges are making a difference to millions of Americans.
I was shocked last fall when Dr. Jill Biden, the Vice President's wife visited my campus in North Carolina. I was very surprised and excited to have a representative like Dr. Biden for community colleges as an instructor herself, and wondered why I didn't know that already. It was great to get to talk to her last year to tell her about my background - being a former active duty Marine, wife of a current active duty marine, while taking courses at the community college with my GI Bill benefits and enrolled in the Elementary Education program to become a teacher.
Imagine my shock last week when I learned I was going to be invited to attend the State of the Union! I am very much looking forward to actually being in the presence of the First Lady and the Vice President with Dr. Biden, and maybe even the President! I am happy to get to be a representative of the Marine Corps and of military spouses working for their educational opportunities.
Today I have been inundated with calls from the White House along with the Secretary of Education, and the Chief of Education from the Marine Corps. As just another community college student working hard with aspirations of becoming a teacher (of all unappreciated careers), who would have thought I'd be a super star? I am absolutely without a doubt, thrilled and 110% honored, and truthfully I am also very nervous about it all as well. After relaying the news to my grandmother, she passed down some revered advice as one experienced elder to a young child unknowing of what the world might bring them: "there ain't no higher presence than these people so you best get it right the first time." I cannot wait to see what this experience brings me and how I will come out of all of this.