During a commencement speech to graduates of Eastern Kentucky University on Saturday, First Lady Michelle Obama advised students to visit different church congregations to gain new perspective on life.
“Try visiting a different congregation every once in a while; you might just hear something in the sermon that stays with you,” she explained, adding that it was important to keep “an open mind and an open heart” as they lived their lives.
The First Lady added that it was essential for young people to spend time with people they didn’t agree with.
“If you’re a Democrat, spend some time talking to a Republican,” she added. “And if you’re a Republican, have a chat with a Democrat.”
Obama suggested that young people could transcend the political divisions blocking their parents from finding common ground.
“You can either choose to use those opportunities to continue fighting the fights that we’ve been locked in for decades, or you can choose to reject those old divisions and embrace folks with a different point of view,” she said. “And if you do that, the latter, who knows where it might take you — more importantly, where it might take our country.”