On 17 September, a group of nine students, from Years 10 to 12, headed off from Brisbane to begin our American adventures. After a gruelling 30-hour journey, we finally arrived at the JFK Airport in New York and settled in for a well-deserved sleep.
The fun began the day after as we started with a visit to Wall Street where we learned about New York’s business and trade history through an insightful and enjoyable guided tour. Once we’d seen the sights, we finished the day with a lovely dinner at the karaoke-themed Ellen’s Diner, which was definitely a highlight of the trip. We continued the rest of our stay in New York by seeing all of the sights that the city has to offer: the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the Mets Stadium, Grand Central Station, the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Broadway and much more.
The most important aspect of the trip, however, were the opportunities to meet with people from this part of the world who are involved with businesses and working in New York. It was made apparent to us that despite the many challenges that working in New York brings with it, that Australians are very highly regarded because of our high standards in education and our strong work ethic and that with a bit of determination Australians do very well working and establishing businesses in the USA. We also were given the opportunity to get a glimpse of the workings of several major businesses in New York, including Radio City, Madison Square Gardens and Disney Land.
The end of the week brought with the unfortunate end of our stay in Manhattan, with this came the obvious sadness but also an excitement to start the Los Angeles leg of our adventure. We spent the next two days exploring the wonder of Disneyland and California Adventure Park, another highlight of our wonderful trip. Universal Studios was next on the agenda followed by a day spent at the Citadel Outlets. Too fast, we were on our final day of the trip. We said farewell to the USA by spending the day in sunny Venice Beach, which was a relaxing end to our busy but amazing trip.
The opportunity to explore one of the largest cities in the world was incredible, and the friends we made along the way made the whole experience just that much more fantastic. We are all so thankful to have been able to develop such important skills while travelling, which we will all appreciate even more once we start travelling the world on our own.
On behalf of the Business and Humanities Department, I would like to thank Miss Capper and Mr Juniper for giving up their school holidays to support the trip. Taking students overseas is an enormous undertaking, and Mr Juniper and Miss Capper were brilliant in making sure the trip was a wonderful success. In addition, I would like to thank Mr Oman for organising such a wonderful trip. It has certainly inspired our students to pursue job and business opportunities overseas.
- Paul Evans, Acting Head of Department - Business and Humanities
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