Dear Secretary Clinton:
Thank you for your dignity, for your strength of character, for your compassion, for showing us that America has a place for all Americans.
Thank you for showing us what it means to dedicate your life to public service, to serving children and families, to serving New York, to serving our country as Secretary of State.
In this campaign, you showed us all what it means to be stronger together. You showed us what it means to lean on one another, to support each other, and fight together.
Earlier this year, at the Democratic National Convention, I experienced one of happiest moments of my life – watching my former senator accept the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.
The vibrancy, the hope, the enthusiasm, and the energy I felt at the DNC was contagious. I was so excited for the future, to build on eight years of progress, to build a better future for all Americans.
Earlier this week, at the Javits Center, I walked into that atrium with the same hope and enthusiasm I felt at the convention.
I stood, looking at the blue stage, the strip of American flags, with immense optimism, and eagerness. There was so much hope for a future that would build on President Obama’s legacy, for the next four years of a powerful fighter and an incredible woman leading our country.
As results started coming in, I looked up at the ceiling of the Javits Center, in fear that tonight we might not crack that glass ceiling.
Eventually, panic started settling in.
Later that evening, I experienced one of the saddest moments of my life. I was void of all the hope and enthusiasm that I walked into the atrium with. I was void of optimism for building a better future in the next four years.
I couldn’t understand the result. I still don’t.
As I watched your concession speech the next day, on my laptop before class, and again after class, and again that evening, I cried. I cried so many times.
You showed immense strength, conviction, and grace. You showed us what it means to be a leader.
Thank you for being our champion. Thank you for all that you have done for this country. We love you, Hillary.
And you’re right. “Never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.” I am ready.
Loully Saney ’17
Loully Saney is a politics major from New York, N.Y. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.