HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Students and staff gathered in the center of Quinnipiac University to watch Hillary Clinton concede the Presidential race.
It was an emotional day for some Clinton supporters. Sasha Turner teaches History at the school and has a 1-year-old daughter.
“I think it’s the beginning of a very challenging moment in American History and world history,” said Turner. “I feel optimistic listening to Hillary Clinton. She really strikes an optimistic note, but it’s hard at this moment to feel hope.”
In her concession speech, Clinton passed on a message to young women. Many took the message to heart.
“Please never stop believing for fighting for what’s right,” said Clinton.
“For me it was kind of reassuring and to other young women it’s saying don’t let this discourage you. You are worth everything that you are,” said Quinnipiac University freshman, Adrianna Lovegrove.
Mary Rose Bevins is a junior. She said, “I believe that she will try to do whatever she can to help this country. Maybe she’ll help Donald Trump maybe she’ll do it in her own way.”
For some, this speech came late. They wanted to hear this last night.
“They left crying and I thought they just needed that encouragement no matter what,” said sophomore Bora Agastra.
For Agastra and many other students this was their first Presidential election they could cast a ballot.
Agastra said, “I think as a people we need to come together and just you know love one another. Appreciate each other’s opinions and be open to everything we can possibly be open to.”
Students we spoke with say they hope her words help unify the country.