Melva Gomez Blog, Day 4

Melva Gomez
Saturday, November 12, 2011

Today was my first Political Science conference in Savannah, Georgia. The weather was beautiful and nothing or no one was about to change that. Stephanie, Ryan and I enjoyed some sweet fellowship at “Goose Feather café “. I would highly recommend visiting it if you ever visit Savannah, Georgia. Their Turkey and cheese croissants are yummy as are their pumpkin spice coffee and their bread pudding.

As we were making our way over to the Double tree Hotel I started to feel butterflies in my tummy! The excitement of the conference was getting to me, and I wanted to learn more about how professional conferences are run, and what the presentations are like.

As I stepped inside, I saw people dressed in suits, and talking in pairs, enjoying conversation and, often, a coffee.  In the “Executive Boardroom” the audience was faced with a panel of four students and a couple of teachers. Each individual was from Mercer University and presented their perspective stance on the 20th century political thought. Once they were done, the discussion chair and the audience asked them questions about their presentation.  Some of the exchanges became heated, while others were simple exchanges of ideas.  The experience really motivated me to expand my horizons and challenge myself to do some more research focusing on our government. When was the last time that you looked up the most recent bills? Have you looked up who your local officials or state-wide elected officials are?  I challenge you: Once you are done reading my blog, go to your local library or teacher and ask them questions over your local and federal government.

After the conference presentations, we had a long drive to Mississippi, where we were planning to spend the night en route to Texas.  To pass the time, we enjoyed several games of catch phrase, exchanged thoughts on the conference, and watched “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

We also took time to visit the Vulcan Statue in Birmingham, Alabama.  The Vulcan is the world’s largest cast-iron statue and is one of the most memorable works of civic art.  The statue is 50 tons, stands atop Red Mountain, and was designed by Giuseppe Moretti.  To look from the observation deck, you take a nerve-wracking trip up a glass elevator.  The deck is more than 100 feet above the mountain, but the views are worth it.

Melva Overlooking Birmingham

I should add: Ladies, this is not a statue where you want to use high heels—unless you want to walk around on your tiptoes, that is.  The deck is grated, making it difficult for those in heels and those afraid of heights.  You really cannot beat those views, however.

Tomorrow is our last day, and it’s back to school.  It’s been exhausting, but it’s also been very educational, enormously interesting, and a lot of fun.

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