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US Study Tour: New York – Student Reflections

Posted July 10, 2017.

US Study Tour: New York – Student Reflections

The US Study Tour is now in Boston after a whirlwind visit to New York City. We asked our students for their reflections on their time in this amazing city…

Owen
New York was an amazing city that was full of life and character. The city was full of beautiful and iconic structures, such as the Statue of Liberty and The Empire State Building. We also had the amazing opportunity to watch the Yankees and the Blue jays play on the 4th of July and got to experience the spectacular fireworks. For all of these amazing experiences, I am truly grateful.

Sean
We arrived in New York and were treated to an unforgettable sunset. This was just the beginning of an amazing experience in possibly the most iconic city in the world. New York was everything I expected and more. In addition to this, we were able to experience the city during Independence Day. On Independence Day, we were fortunate enough to watch the New York Yankees play Toronto’s Blue Jays. This was my first baseball game and first live major sporting event in general. I was very excited and despite the relatively unchanging gameplay, I was not disappointed. The atmosphere was electrifying and something I had never seen before. After the game, some of the group went to see the fireworks. It was crazy to me that I was on the streets of New York City and able to experience the Independence Day fireworks surrounded by other members of BCC. The next day was much busier, but totally worth it. The 9/11 memorial was spooky for me as it happened during my lifetime, yet I had felt so distant from the impact of it up until now. For the rest of the day, we went to the One World Observatory, Trump Tower, Times Square and more. This day really proved to me why New York is one of the most well-known cities in the world as I was overwhelmed by everything there was to take in. Going to a performance on Broadway was also a new experience for me. I knew it would be good, but it was more than that. Groundhog Day was amazing in all aspects and like all the other places we visited in NY, it has inspired me to come back one day.

Molly
The energy and life that is within New York is something that cannot be described to its full extent; the lights, the people and the traffic are all breathtaking aspects of this amazing city. The baseball, One World Observatory and the 9/11 Memorial were all memorable experiences that I will be eternally grateful for.

Brydan
New York was such an amazing place with great opportunities. The best part of it all was going to a Yankees baseball game; it was awesome and I loved every minute! It was so cool to be in New York on Independence Day and watch the fireworks, walk through Times Square and take in all of the attractions the city had to offer.

Astrid
As well as the upbeat and energetic ambience, New York is undoubtedly a wonderful city. Perhaps my favourite place we have visited so far. I was so moved by the sites we visited such as Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and seeing the Chrysler Building lit up at night was incredibly special. However, I found our visit to the 9/11 Museum harrowing and I felt a frisson of grief when I saw the wide scale of suffering and lives destroyed because of these horrific events. New York will always have a place in my heart and I absolutely wish to visit it again someday.

Mark
New York was an extraordinary place to visit. The people were so kind in helping us and the sights were simply breathtaking. The highlight for me was definitely the Baseball. The atmosphere and crowd was unique and nothing like a standard ‘footy game’. As for the sights…visiting places such as the Empire State Building, the Wall Street bull, the Freedom Tower and viewing the Statue of Liberty were all a once-in-a-lifetime experience that can never be re-created. New York definitely has provided me with lots of memories that I will cherish in the future. My time here has really reminded me that you should never take trips like these for granted.

Nadil
New York City was simply magnificent. From my first step in New York to the last, I really enjoyed myself. On the first day, we saw the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building all lit up which was an outstanding sight. The New York Yankees game was an extremely thrilling game and the atmosphere was amazing. Unfortunately, the Yankees couldn’t get home in the end, but it was a really good game and very entertaining. Walking in NYC was amazing as there were huge buildings towering over you, it was like a scene from a movie. Celebrating Independence Day was awesome as I hadn’t seen American pride so vocalised before and the fireworks that went along with the patriotism was a really good experience. The 9/11 Museum was an outstanding tribute and really touching as it really explored the tragic events that unfolded that day. Broadway was another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the show that we went to was full of giggles and drama. Visiting NYC has been a dream come true.

Brooke
New York is incredible. I loved the tall buildings and architecture. My favourite part was going to Broadway. I really enjoyed the music and theatre and would happily go again. The 9/11 Memorial also left me in fascination as I have always been curious of the event. In addition, the baseball game was amazing fun. For me, being in New York felt somewhat like a fantasy, especially walking through the beautiful Central Park.

Ayman
New York has been exactly as I imagined it to be. However, that’s a great thing. It is massive, diverse, and full of energy. The feeling of being surrounded by skyscrapers left me in awe. It is truly one of the giants of megacities and one that never sleeps. Just standing on the footpath and taking in everything around you is an amazing feeling. This unique experience is definitely something that I will never forget. From watching my first baseball game to having a wonderful time at Broadway, New York has really been a dream come true.

Darcy
Flying in and seeing New York from the sky was amazing and really gave some perspective to just how big the city is. Arriving and seeing hundreds of taxis waiting was incredible and then being on the highway and seeing the New York Skyline with the Empire State Building lit up in red white and blue was a breathtaking view. Waking up on the 4th of July in New York City was energetic and exciting. America is the only place you will see guards with automatic rifles, helmets and bulletproof vests outside of a tower – Trump Tower, that is. Inside Trump Tower was incredible and again, guarded by Secret Service agents. Despite being bamboozled by the fact there were two garden levels and told to go the wrong way by a Secret Service agent, we eventually found the gift shop. Despite the loss, the baseball was incredible and so was the banter by the fans, the music between each pitch and innings as well as doing the YMCA and the Mexican wave is definitely something you don’t get at AFL games. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum were incredible and looking at mangled steel beams and fire trucks was shocking. The view from the One World Observatory was amazing and listening to the guy talk about everything you could see and notice about Greater New York was very interesting. Going into Broadway, I was a bit of a mess after having to eat my burger while walking to the theatre. I was anxious to see whether I was going to enjoy it as stage shows aren’t normally my cup of tea. I loved it! It was hilarious and I would go to the theatre again anytime. New York, overall, was amazing. I will remember it forever.

Dom
I did not want to leave New York; the culture was thick with laughter and joy, a bustling city that was bigger than I could ever imagine. The 9/11 Memorial was a beautiful tribute, the baseball game was an experience to remember and Broadway was exceptional.

Yang
Towering skyscrapers and blaring horns wherever it may be. Concrete jungle of colossal giants of glass and steel. That is New York. Bustling and booming city where everything is fluid and ever-changing. Fireworks that showed the spirit and patriotism of the American people. Massive congregations of people gathered that night to celebrate the importance of civil rights and liberties and, ultimately, freedom. That to me was the defining moment, to be part of something greater than myself. This to me elucidated the American values and spirit. The strong nationalistic pride that resides in the heart of every American citizen. I wandered through New York, the City of Dreams, as a dreamer myself and I gazed upon the skyline, star-stuck.

Tejas
New York was a busy, populated and cultured city, full of vibrancy. We did so much in New York over the past few days and yet we were only scraping the surface, which really gave me a sense of the enormity of this iconic city. There is such diversity in New York across numerous aspects including its cosmopolitan nature and the disparity between communities yet they seem all part of and one with the city. The most enjoyable part of this wonderful experience, simply, for me, was wondering and roaming the streets of New York itself, absorbing all it has to offer.