Blog: Social Sciences New York and Washington DC Trip 2017

Upper School students of Business, Economics and Politics are spending the week exploring New York and Washington DC on the East Coast of the USA. 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 the trip leader, Teacher of Economics Mr Samuel Janes are posted below:

To view photos of the trip visit the gallery.

Saturday October 21

On our first night in the city we watched the New York Nicks host the Detroit Pistons, the Pistons came back to win 111-107.

Sunday October 22

We started the day with a trip to Liberty Island to see the Statue of Liberty, which included fantastic views of Manhattan. This was followed by a visit to the Ellis Island immigration museum, which was particularly relevant in the current US political environment. After a quick lunch, we toured Downtown Manhattan, seeing sites such as the New York Stock Exchange, the Brooklyn Bridge and the World Trade Centre memorial, which was a humbling experience for all. In the evening, students dined in Time Square.

Monday October 23

After putting on our best business wear, we were on the subway at 8:30am heading to Wall Street to meet Investment Bankers from Deutsche bank. Hosted in their immaculate 47th floor meetings room, 4 senior bankers explained the Investment Banking profession and explained some recent case studies to the group. For Business students, there was a discussion on how and why a company raises capital, politics students learned about the role Trump deregulations are having in the sector, and economists discussed the role such a large bank plays in the economy and key markets.

Afterwards some students completed an 'Acting to Succeed' workshop, allowing them to develop key skills such as body language, eye contact and pronunciation to impress in the business world. Others completed a 'Capital Markets trading Simulation', which was a fiercely competitive event where students were trying to 'long' and 'short' stocks to make the most profit. Team 5 won with a handsome profit of $24,125!

Next, there was a tour of Madison Square Gardens and a shopping opportunity along 5th Avenue, with a visit to the Empire State building to follow in the evening.

Wednesday October 25

The trip has now moved to DC but not before a bit of shopping time on 5th Avenue. However even this turned political with a photo in front of Trump Tower!

We had a fantastic morning looking around some of DCs iconic landmarks. We visited the World War II Memorial dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during the war. Consisting of 56 pillars and a pair of small triumphal arches surrounding a plaza and fountain, it sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. We also learnt about the reference to the Kilory engraving. We saw Lincoln statue and even had a tour of the White House. The visit to the White House provided a few opportunities for a group photo. Whilst walking around DC we spotted President Trump's motorcade pass us.

The sense of US political history is palpable in DC. The Lincolns Memorial is one impressive example of this. We visited the World Bank and met with its Lead Social Scientist, Michael Woolcock, who spoke about the factors that determined economical development.  Michael stressed the importance of institutional strength and having robust systems within social policy. Pupils then asked lots of questions on his work.

Thursday October 26

Our day started with a tour of the Capitol Hill, the seat of the U.S. government and home to the domed US Capitol, Senate, Houses of Representatives and the neoclassical Supreme Court. We spotted Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Paul Ryan coming out of the chamber after the budget vote. The afternoon was spent at Van Scoyoc Associates, a government affairs firm. Staff there explained the role and processes of political lobbying to us, which was a great experience. Our time on the Hill ended with a trip to the Supreme Court and a lecture about its role and history.

Friday October 27

A beautiful final morning in DC, blue sky and sun shining! 

The last visit of the trip was to the Newsuem, an interactive museum that promotes free expression and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, while tracing the evolution of communication. We had an informative talk on US political campaigns including Trump v Clinton 2016.




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