Her dream, she said, is to work for North Carolinians in the U.S. Senate -- a seat she plans to run for in the 2002 elections.
"It's time to send Jesse Helms home," Marshall said to an applauding crowd of more than 20 students. "I talk the talk and walk the walk."
Marshall said she hopes to cap off her state government run, from winning a state Senate seat in 1993 to becoming the first female secretary of state in 1996, by winning a U.S. Senate seat in 2002.
She would be vying for the Senate seat currently held by Republican incumbent Jesse Helms.
Helms has not said if he has decided to step down or run again after his term expires.
Marshall said she would run on a platform that would reach all areas of North Carolina and its people -- not just the highly industrial and populated areas -- increasing the use of technology in historically agriculture-based areas.
"Technology is essential in every part of the state," she said. "Agriculture has got to be contemporary."
Chris Brook, president of the Young Democrats, said he thought it would be interesting to see the Senate race in November 2002.
"(Marshall's) a public official who's not going to hide from questions and the people," Brook said. "You can recognize North Carolina in Elaine Marshall."