Yesterday my friend Jesse and I decided to knock out a couple of convocation credits. Freshmen need about 60 credit hours in order to graduate, so whenever I get some free time I like to go to a convo. I love how Belmont has so many different convos to choose from. There are several different categories, such as personal growth, Christian development, and culture of the arts. For each category you need 10 credit hours. They are fairly easy to get because there are over 1000 opportunities to receive convo credit. The people that Belmont brings in to speak are experts at their field, and many of them actually graduated from Belmont. It is fascinating to listen to the speakers because they really know what they are talking about and the stories they share are thrilling and lively.
In the morning I went to the TOMS Documentary Screening convo. I knew that TOMS are a type of shoe, and I have seen people wear them, but i never understood the significance of them. To tell you the truth, I actually did not like how the shoes looked at first, but my opinion changed once I saw the documentary. The video showed the TOMS company whose goal was to give shoes to children who lived in poor conditions and had no shoes. They mentioned in the movie that one of the greatest needs for the children were shoes so that they could walk several miles to school and it would prevent disease and infections from their feet. Every shoe that someone buys, TOMS donates a shoe to a child in need. I thought that this was a great idea because we buy shoes anyways, why not buy ones that will help people all around the world. Also at the convo we were able to purchase white canvas shoes and design them however we wanted. You can also purchase them online at www.tomsshoes.com, they have many designs and styles to choose from.
In the afternoon we went to another convocation in which we saw the film Reign Over Me ,starring Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle. This movie was amazing; Adam Sandler acted very well as a depressed man who lost his entire family in the 9/11 attacks. The movie was truly moving and thought provoking. After the movie, we had Dr. Michael Loftin, a psycologist and Belmont teacher come and answer questions about the movie and depression in general. I enjoy convos such as this because you get to dicuss and argue about topics that you would not normally talk about. Belmont offers so many convos, I cant wait to go to the next one.