Blog: Social Sciences New York and Washington DC Trip
20 October 2015
Seventh Form students of Business, Economics and Politics are spending the week on the East Coast of the USA to explore New York and Washington DC. The students have been researching the famous institutions they will be visiting, such as the White House and Madison Square Garden, to get as much as possible out of the experience.
Updates from group will be posted below:
Friday 23 October
The final morning consisted of a brief meeting with Congressman Leonard Lance, a Representative from the State of New Jersey, who kindly assigned his personal staff to give us a detailed tour and special access to the US Capitol Building. It was a powerful experience to actually visit the building where so many important decisions in world history have been debated, scrutinised and agreed upon. The group then packed their suitcases and to the short bus journey to George Washington's family home in Mount Vernon in North Virginia. This was the perfect way to finish the tour, visiting the home of America's founding father and spiritual leader, even now. A late night flight saw us all get some sleep before returning home to our families, exhausted, but fulfilled.
Thursday 22 October
Washington has plenty of memorials and we visited almost all of them. We visited the WW11 memorial, the Reflecting Pool, the Lincoln Memorial where Martin Luther King Jnr. gave his most famous speech, the Vietnam and Korean War memorials, the Martin Luther King Jnr. memorial and finally, the vast memorial developed to celebrate the life and achievements of Franklin D Roosevelt. The students were fascinated by how much so few people had achieved in their lifetimes. Walking back towards the city, we visited the Washington Monuments, an iconic structure that provides incredible views of the city. At one point, President Obama flew over us on his return to the White House. The day was complete after visits to the various Smithsonian museums and an enjoyable dinner at the Hard Rock Café.
Wednesday 21 October
The morning section consisted of a fantastic tour of the political sights of Washington. We took a brief journey to the White House and the made the long walk down Pennsylvania Avenue to the US Capitol building, marvelling at all of the enormous government buildings and their incredible architecture. In the afternoon, we visited one of the most popular venues for students, the Newseum. This is a relatively new museum that highlights the important role of the media during some of America's most significant events over the past 70 years, including Vietnam, Watergate and the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
Tuesday 20 October
The party made an early start on its journey to the Capital, Washington DC. En route we spent a brief, but enjoyable time in Philadelphia to learn more about the origins of the country and the Declaration of Independence that was signed in the city. Our first activity was to race up the famous steps once trodden by fictional boxing legend, Rocky Balboa. We then visited Independence Hall, the actual location where the declaration was signed, and we saw the Liberty Bell, perhaps the most significant symbol in US history that represents freedom. After another 3-hour bus journey, we arrived in Washington excited and looking forward to the historical and political activities planned for the following days.
Monday 19 October
A morning trip to the UN Headquarters and then some free time to shop at the likes Macy's and walks through Central Park. we arrived at Madison Square Garden for a a guided tour of the world's most famous arena. We also had a special briefing from the Marketing team who presented to us some amazing facts and figures regarding the commercial operations of the venue that is host to the New York Knicks in the NBA and New York Rangers in the NHL, as well as regular concerts for the likes of One Direction, Elton John and Billy Joel!
In the evening we dined together in the popular Ellen's Stardust Diner. The guests are served their cheeseburgers and sundaes whilst the staff sing renditions of classic tracks and musical theatre favourites.
Sunday 18 October
Our first full day was a busy one. In the morning we arrived at Battery Park to catch the ferry to Liberty Island to visit the world-famous Statue of Liberty. Following a brief tour and some express shopping, we then moved on to Ellis Island and the Immigration Museum to learn more about the journey taken by the millions of immigrants to the East Coast of the USA.
In the afternoon we walked around Downtown Manhattan with our guide and saw the New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street and Federal Reserve. The most impressive part of the tour was the trip to the World Trade Center site and the 9-11 Memorial. It was an incredibly humbling experience as we'll reflected on what happened there 14 years ago.
We finished off the day with dinner in Times Square and a Broadway show. We all were blown away by Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, and rose to our feet to applaud a magnificent production.
Saturday 17 October
After an early morning start and a comfortable coach and plane ride, we arrived at Newark International airport to a beautiful sunny day. We met our guide Andy and took the 60 minute bus journey into central Manhattan. After a quick check-in we walked through the busy streets and arrived at the historic Empire State Building. Seeing the city at dusk as the city that never sleeps comes alive.