CINCINNATI -- Like a lot of women, University of Cincinnati students Julia Draznin and Royce Draghic thought they'd see Hillary Clinton make history Tuesday night.
The reality set in slowly for Draznin: Clinton would not win the White House after all. Instead, Republican Donald Trump will take office as the 45th President of the United States early next year; he's vowed to unify a deeply divided nation.
Draznin said she talked with her mom after the results were finalized, and she thought of her sister.
"It would have been incredible to look at my little sister and say, 'Hey, look at what you can do.'"
Draghic said she's worried about the country slipping backward under a Trump presidency, but found some solace in Clinton's next-day concession speech.
Once considered a shoo-in for the presidency through national polls ahead of Election Day, exit polling showed voters wanted a candidate who would bring change to Washington -- a message Trump hammered home during his campaign.
Clinton took the stage at 11:41 a.m. Eastern and immediately got choked up. She thanked her supporters and told them to give Trump "an open mind and a chance to lead."
"Hearing that she (Hillary Clinton) still has hope and that they’re people who still have hope gives me hope and makes me feel like I don’t have to be so down," Draghic said.
Watch the video above to see what else they said.