Rice meets students in Philadelphia

May 4, 2009 3:46:27 PM PDT
Students in Fairmount got a lesson in diplomacy Monday, and it didn't come from a book. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice paid a visit to the Bodine High School for International Affairs.

She's been dogged in recent days by questions about her role in the Bush administration's use of water boarding.

But, there were no sticky moments in front of this crowd.

Rice delivered words of inspiration to these students at the Bodine High School for International Affairs.

Rice talked about what inspired her as a young student, and she urged this crowd to not only find their passion, but to reach deeper into subjects they would normally skip over.

"When you're really good at something, it can be easy to keep doing the things you're good at doing and not really become well-rounded in your education," Rice said.

There may have been future world leaders in the audience here today. But, those who won't lead also found words of wisdom to follow.

"The incentive to go abroad and really challenge ourselves was really motivating," said senior Susie Concilio.

Rice left with a Bodine High jersey and possibly a sense of relief.

No questions about the policies of the Bush administration here.

On Monday night she is scheduled to address the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.

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