Governor's International Student Day, Jefferson City, MO 2000
It was first year of living in America when I was active on campus. I joined many activities and did different kinds of jobs. 2nd Annual Governor's International Student Day is one of them.
On early morning of October 6, 2000, a group of our international students left Kanas City for Jefferson City, MO. 2 minivans with about 30 people. Different colors, different accents, same good mood.
After a 3-hour long drive, we reached Capitol Plaza Hotel where the event was hold. After registration, we entered a seminar talking about U.S. job regulations related to us international students. There are so many students from universities all over missouri.
Lunch time! We entered into a big dining room. Before lunch, there were several speeches from government leaders such as Dept of Education, Dept of Economic Development and international student representative.
Also, although Governor Mel Carnahan was out of town with his campaign for the U.S. Senate, he recorded his speech to us. A week after, he had a plane crash dead. I wished that he could have joined us and avoided the accident. Flags were displayed at half-staff all over Missouri.
(CNSNews.com) ?Missouri governor Mel Carnahan, his grown son Roger and a campaign aide all died when their small twin-engine plane went down in rain and heavy fog Monday night.
Gov. Carnahan was on his way to a U.S. Senate campaign rally when the plane crashed around 7:33 p.m. CDT, shortly after taking off from St. Louis.
We had a big banquet with my very first formal american food. After lunch we had a tour to the state capitol and the Governor's mansion.
After a short walk in downtown along the beautiful missouri river, we entered state capitol which is the first one I visited in U.S.
The capitol building has a statue of Ceres, goddess of grain, perched at its top. The inside of the building is worth seeing too: There are paintings by Thomas Hart Benton, N. C. Wyeth and other artists as well as the State Museum.
The Capitol's first floor features the State Museum with history of Missouri. The dome was splendid when watching from inside. We also visited chamber of the House of Representatives and other rooms.
The whole building was not like a government, but a museum, esp. with all those paitings on the wall. It was open for all visitors who might interrupt government work, I thought.
From the capitol, it's a short walk to the Governor's Mansion . A docent in period costumes guided us through the first floor of the mansion and explained a lot, but because I'd been in U.S. for such a short time, I couldn't understand much.
It was a big house of 132 year old. It was magnificent and shining inside, as old European style. It was open for all visitors who might interrupt governor's normal life, I thought.
Missouri is a very plain, friendly, pratical, naive state. I call it peasant's state. She call herself "show me" state.
The most widely known legend attributes the phrase to Missouri's U.S. Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver, who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1897 to 1903. In a speech, he declared, "I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me."
With sunset, we drove back to Kansas City. What a first trip in U.S.
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