U.S. Senator Susan Collins met Wednesday, May 25 with eighth-grade students from Palermo Consolidated School.

After welcoming the group to the United States Capitol, Collins spoke with the students on the issues currently being debated in the United States Senate. Collins, the current ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, told the students about her work in Congress to combat the current federal deficit by eliminating duplicative programs in the federal government that waste taxpayer dollars.

Collins told the students to follow their dreams: “When I was your age, I had no idea that I would be a United States Senator from Maine. I grew up in Caribou, way in northern Maine, and if I can go from Caribou High School to the chamber of the United States Senate, it just shows you that anything is possible if you get a good education, you believe in yourself, and you’re willing to work hard. So, I hope you will remember that as you go through life. That if you do work hard, and don’t give up on your dream, you really can make a difference and be whatever you want.”

To view Collins’ entire discussion with the eighth-grade students from Palermo Consolidated School, visit: youtube.com/user/SenatorSusanCollins.