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Skyping with the schools

Monday, December 5, 2011

When you get busy and there doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to get everything done, how many of you have said, "I wish I could be in two places at once"? I know I've said that before and now I've found a way to do it.

As you can imagine I get many invitations to speak to various groups including many schools, but because I'm in Washington all week long I can only accept a few requests for weekends or during Congressional breaks when I'm back home in Nebraska.

To get around that I've begun visiting with students via Skype in schools all across the state, from college level to high school, middle school and grade school, and as word gets around I'm getting more and more requests. By using this software application that millions of people use to chat over the Internet it allows me to sit in front of a computer in my office on Capitol Hill and visit live with students watching a computer in their classroom back in Nebraska. And the price is right; free!

I've always enjoyed speaking to young people. They may be about 20 percent of the population in Nebraska, but they are 100% of the future and this gives us a chance to see each other, and for them to ask questions directly to someone they've only heard about but not met personally.

Kids Say the Darndest Things

It was the late Art Linkletter who pointed out the funny things young people would say to him, but I must say I don't get too much in the way of jokes from them. Most of the questions I get are serious and deal with topics of the day and the future of the country.

The students seem well prepared and have asked questions about the war in Afghanistan, the economy, job creation and even trade agreements with other countries and the impact they have on us.

They also are curious about my daily schedule and why I wanted to be in politics in the first place. It gives me a chance to talk about the importance of education and of setting goals and seeing a project through from start to finish.

Skyping with the schools. It's the next best thing to being there. Click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXYV3Srgh... and you can see a sampling of some of my past Skype visits with students around the state. I encourage other schools throughout Nebraska to contact me to set up a time when we can visit via the Internet. It's something I really enjoy doing and is a good addition to the learning process for our future leaders.

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