Every 4 years, as many of us know, the next President of the United States is sworn into office in what is called the inauguration. Every 4 years, Washington D.C. goes crazy for that weekend that this event takes place. This year, I got to be a part of the action and I want to tell you why I think attending an inauguration is a great experience that I believe everyone should have on their bucket list of things to do before they die (and why it should be crossed off soon).

Honorable Event

Being able to attend a presidential inauguration is such an honorable event that I can say that I was a part of. When you see those pictures of the crowd from that day, even 20 years from now, I can point to where I was. Regardless of whom you voted for, being able to see such a prominent figure take the oath of office and give his or her words of how the next 4 years will go is an amazing experience.

It’s an event that is attended by all of the major political figures from around the nation (and world). Who doesn’t want to be a part of that?

Witness History

Being in attendance means that you get to be a part of history in the making. Not many people can say that they witnessed that kind of history, especially since this year, it was a president who had already served one terms and was being inaugurated for a second term. Not too many of those instances have happened.

As a college student, you should want to take part in such great events. So if you have the opportunity to go and see one, take it. Most of the time, your school may have a trip to the inauguration, normally at a huge discounted price too. If this option is available to you, I don’t advise you to miss out on it.

Sense of Pride

Being at the event itself gives you a huge sense of pride. You’re around people who care about the way that the nation works and who runs it. These people are very prideful of what’s going on in their country. Being intermingled with this people, even if they are complete strangers to you, gives you a sense of belonging and hope. It’s something that cannot be explained, but shown.

Learning atmosphere

So many ideas, so many thoughts, so many people discussing a variety of topics- these are all things that you’ll find when you go to an inauguration. If you’re someone who enjoys being in that kind of atmosphere, going to the event will change your life. It’s a learning experience that gives you something to take with you wherever you go and apply it to other areas of your life.

Overall, a general sense of meaning and a lifelong memory will stick with you. Afterwards, you’ll already want to go to the next one.

Did you go to this year’s inauguration? If so, what did you think?

Image credit: LA Times