During the October half-term, 22 Felsted Sixth Form Business and Economics students had the privilege to explore New York. The four days were marvellously planned, which not only allowed us to explore the Big Apple, but also enabled us to understand the broader application of business and economics in the real world.
After the seven-hour flight, everyone was thrilled to see what the city had in store for them, which included trips in the world-famous New York Subway and a tour through the packed and hectic streets of Manhattan.
Fortunately, we were able to receive a tour around the Headquarters of the United Nations, which was an excellent opportunity for us to observe the process of democracy in action and gain beneficial insights into the UN sustainable development goals, which directly ties in with our course, Development Economics.
Afterwards, Mr Barrett gave us a tour around Wall Street and the financial district surrounding the stock market. It was remarkable that he was equipped with sufficient background knowledge and statistics to present an in-depth tour by himself.
The tour emphasised the most significant parts of the area, tied in with our Economics syllabus. On top of that, we were able to take some photos in front of the Charging Bull on Wall Street.
When visiting New York, the 9/11 tragedy could not be overlooked. We had the opportunity to visit the Ground Zero memorial site, at which the Twin Towers once stood. Additionally, we visited the museum, that gave us further insights into what happened, with all of us being moved by the true stories that people were sharing.
In between the numerous visits, tours and appointments, we had some time to experience the life of a New Yorker, which included shopping, wandering through the world-famous avenues and walking over the Brooklyn Bridge.
One unforgettable experience was the visit to Madison Square Garden to support the NY Rangers Ice Hockey Team, against the Vancouver Canucks, which unquestionably was a sensational event, with the Felsted Students being involved with the crowd, screaming "LET'S GO RANGERS!".
Overall, it has been a fantastic trip, and I speak on behalf of the whole group in thanking Felsted’s Mr McIlvenna, Mrs McIlvenna, Mrs Mohindru and Mr Barrett, that went over and above to provide a lifetime memory.