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Ambassador Marciel and Agnes Monica Inspire English Students to Chase Their Dreams

May 9, 2011
Ambassador Marciel and Agnes Monica Inspire English Students to Chase Their Dreams (State Dept.)

Ambassador Marciel and Agnes Monica Inspire English Students to Chase Their Dreams

On Friday afternoon, May 6, 2011, Ambassador Scot Marciel welcomed Indonesian film and singing superstar Agnes Monica to @america, where she spoke to over 300 students from the Embassy's "English Access Microscholarship Program".  The title of Agnes' talk was "Dream, Believe, and Make it Happen," and Agnes quoted several famous historical figures, including Martin Luther King Jr., while inspiring the High School students to not just settle for what is easily achievable, but to set their sights higher.

Ambassador Marciel thanked Agnes Monica for the special appearance at @america (the Embassy's new hi-tech cultural center), praised the students and their families for committing themselves to learning English, and encouraged them to study in the United States, inviting them to visit @america's Education Advising corner.  Ambassador Marciel noted that Agnes Monica's desire to inspire young Indonesians to dream big is similar to President Obama's message in his book "The Audacity of Hope."

The event opened with two alumni of the State Department's Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program telling about their experiences while living in the United States for one year during the High School exchange program.  Then, Agnes spoke about how she had dared to dream of branching out into an international career, and how, through hard work, she has made it happen, citing (among other accomplishments) her recent collaboration with American singing superstar Michael Bolton.

After Agnes' talk, three of the Access students were invited onstage to ask Agnes questions about her career, all in English.