The Journal’s experience: Viktória Vadovičová


“Build the wall! Build the wall!” the crowd cheered. I turned around to my friend with fear in my eyes.

As a foreign exchange student, I was immediately sure that I wanted to attend the rally. Because how big of a coincidence was it that I was placed in Indianapolis to study at SHS, where the gym is big enough to host the President’s rally?

Well, I would say it’s either a huge coincidence or fate, not to mention how big of an opportunity it was.

Prior to the rally, I knew President Trump only from news, articles and memes. But after and during the rally, I got to see his supporters, people who were selling caps with “Make America Great Again” signs, people who looked like him and Trump himself.

And that’s one of the moments in my life that I will never forget.

I will never forget how many people waited in line just to see him. I will never forget how much the crowd cheered when he entered the room. I will never forget how many people booed when they hated something. I will never forget how many people waved signs in support. And I will never forget how I felt when I saw and listened to the President of the U.S.

I was overwhelmed by the atmosphere, by his words and by my feelings. It’s hard to describe how I felt, but mostly I was surprised. I was surprised by how much power he had over the crowd and I wondered if the power was in the right hands.

But I wasn’t there to judge, I was there to experience. However, one thing is crystal clear — he knows how to keep the crowd engaged and how to please the crowd.

And by the way, he is not as orange as I thought…