My second night back at the convention, I was exhausted from 12-hour days,
but there was no way I would miss my chance. During the morning hours, the Fleet
Center is still recovering from the overwhelming excitement of the previous night.
The vendors slowly lift up the gates as they gear up for yet another night. This
time around I went down to the floor for a different perspective.
has a whole atmosphere unto itself. Some wear crazy red, white and blue sequined
hats while others have donkeys as finger puppets. Celebrities mingle with delegates
and all hold up signs when they cheer for the speakers. The roar of the crowd
and the waving of the signs contribute to the electricity that runs through every
single person in the arena. The energy and emotions on the floor are at such a
high levels that it felt plastic, artificial.
During every speech a different
sign is given out to the crowd, so that they cheer when the cue is given. On command,
people hold up their respective signs and scream as long as possible at times
mimicking a rock concert. Delegates compete for the loudest cheer. Press scramble
So there I stood in the middle of a myriad of faces and a
sea of red white and blue signs taking in the first, but definitely not last,
Nily Rozic, 18, an editor for Children's PressLine