NORWALK, Conn. Utah Congresswoman Mia Love, who made history with her election last fall, told students to take advantage of their opportunities when she returned to her alma mater Norwalk High School on Friday.
Love graduated from Norwalk High School in 1993. She later moved to Saratoga Springs, Utah, where she served on the City Council from 2003 until 2010, when she was elected mayor. In November, she was elected to serve as the representative for Utahs 4th Congressional District. She is the first black female Republican to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
During an assembly at Norwalk High School, Love talked about how her parents immigrated to the United States from Haiti with $10 in their pockets, and how the freedom they found here allowed them to achieve their dreams. She took questions from students and talked about what inspired her to run for office.
Remember the world doesnt revolve around you. Youve got to do something to make the place that you live in, the country that you live in, better, she said.
Love said she never set out for a career in politics, but that it was born out of her desire to help in her community. She kept getting recruited to do more to help others, which she said is key to working in public service. She told students that they need to be active participants in the electoral process.
If you are not getting involved, if you are not making your voice heard, if you are not making decisions, then you run the risk of someone inferior to you making those decisions for you.
Love also spoke about the first piece of legislation that she has introduced in Congress, the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act. If passed, the act would require the Department of Education to provide students and their families with information about the colleges they are considering, such as how much it costs people who attend there and how much success they have in the job market upon graduating.
So if youre looking at certain schools and you realize one school has great outcomes and other one doesnt, it helps us make an informed decision, thereby creating some competition and bringing the cost of tuition down, she said.
She added that college is expensive, making it difficult for middle- and low-income families. I want to make sure when you graduate, youre spending your life starting your American Dream, and not half your life paying somebody back.
She said that her time at Norwalk High School led her to being the person she is today.
You come from good stock. I promise you, this high school prepares you for anything. So go out and use it, take advantage of the opportunities youve been given.
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