GGC students visit state capitol
A group of about 40 Georgia Gwinnett College political science students recently visited the state capitol on a trip organized and led by Drs. Scott Boykin, Dovile Budryte and Linda Mancillas. The annual trip is open to students from various political science classes, including both political science majors and non-majors.
The day included time in the House and Senate chambers, a visit to the capitol museum and an opportunity to meet Governor Nathan Deal, who paused for a photo with the students.
Merri Brantley, GGC’s director of External Affairs, presented a talk about how state government works and how public funding flows to the college. This gave the students a real-life example of how state government affects them specifically.
Students’ comments in essays after the capitol visit expressed appreciation for the inside look at how state government functions. For some, it provided valuable insight into their career plans. For others, it offered exposure to a process sometimes taken for granted.
"I have lived in Atlanta all my life and passed by this place. I never even thought about what went on in there,” said one student. “Now, I know and I will be coming back on my own.”