Stephen Chen, Class of 2014

When President Obama spoke at UCI’s Class of 2014 graduation commencement ceremony, he spoke extensively on climate change. I thought it was such an inspiring speech that I decided to send a hand-written letter to President Obama thanking him. In September of 2015, I received a phone call from the White House saying that my letter had been read and the Obama administration wanted to invite me to a White House State Dinner in honor of the President of China, Xi JinPing. I took my mother as my plus one and we were off to possibly the highest class dinner we will ever attend in our lives.