When Thomas Becker moved to Danville from the state of Delaware to attend Centre College, he never imagined he would personally meet a vice-presidential candidate.
But that is exactly what happened for Becker, 18, and Caroline Anderegg, 19, on Thursday. The Centre sophomores, also members of the college Republicans, literally welcomed Republican Paul Ryan to their campus.
The students and Centre President John Roush briefly met with Ryan hours before the vice-presidential debate.
“It lasted about a minute,” Anderegg said. “Starstruck is an understatement.”
Anderegg, from Louisville and majoring in government, said meeting Ryan is just one of many opportunities of which she has taken advantage.
“This whole debate experience has been incredible,” Anderegg said. “I don’t think there is another higher educational institution in the world that can provide all of their students with these kinds of opportunities.”
Becker, double majoring in economics and government, said being a Centre student is about more than meeting Ryan and participating in an event on an international scale.
“We are truly getting a liberal arts education,” Becker said. “Even before the debate, I could see a whole range of possibilities for life after Centre.”
Anderegg and Becker also both participated as panelists in an “Our Voice, Our Future” town hall virtual and live event Thursday.
“The forum really represented everything Centre is about,” Anderegg said.