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IU Southeast student works for first lady during internship

By Kristin Kennedy

A Grenadier in the

White House


The White House – and the people within – can be secretive and

mysterious due to national security concerns. As a result, few people

get the opportunity to set foot in the president’s abode.

But Olivia Fitchett, a psychology senior with a minor in criminal

justice, spent a substantial amount of time in and around the White

House this year. Fitchett was not a tourist — she was an intern who

worked for first lady Michelle Obama.

In 2011, Fitchett started studying at IU Southeast with her identical

twin sister and best friend, Caroline. Fitchett said they picked IU

Southeast because it was affordable and the most realistic option.

While at IU Southeast, Fitchett has learned the importance of