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New York trip provides ‘amazing’ experience for HSDC Havant students

March 31, 2022

A group of students and teachers in New York

Business, Economics and Art students got a taste of life in the Big Apple as the popular HSDC New York trip returned for the first time in three years.

Two groups of HSDC Havant A Level students explored the city that never sleeps, visiting famous landmarks, art museums and more.

Both trips featured visits to well-known locations including the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, 9/11 Memorial and the Brooklyn Bridge.

The second delegation, which was mainly made up of students from Fine Art, Graphics and Photography, also spent time visiting the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.

These trips were run by Jamie Harrison, Programme Leader for Arts and Humanities, who said:

Students smiling in front of New York skyline views

“The New York visit gives students the opportunity to travel to one of the most famous cities in the world, spending five days not only seeing the sights but also linking this to their individual A Level subjects, with tailored visits linked to their studies.  

“This is the seventh year running this trip for myself, and 15th year for the College, and it has never been as popular, to the point where we had to run two visits! The students loved the planned visits, as well as the vast amount of free time they were given to explore the different parts of the city.”

This was the first time HSDC staff and students have returned to New York since 2019 due to the pandemic, and students have given some of the best feedback the college has ever had.

Students loved the organised trips, the free time they could spend doing what they wanted, and the location of the hotel which was right next to Times Square.

Cameron Brigham, Business Studies student, said:

“I had an amazing trip, it was one of the best experiences of my life. We got to see such amazing sights and buildings and got to experience how businesses really work in the real world.”

Students at the Top of The Rock

Graphics student Lucy Bendell added:

“I liked that we walked most places as it enabled you to see more of New York and meant that when we had free time we were able to navigate easier. I found that the hotel was in a perfect spot for our free time as Times Square had a lot to offer.”

Students enjoyed independent time throughout their stay, which they used for shopping, visiting restaurants, seeing basketball games and watching Broadway shows.

Business Studies student Miranda Adamson said:

“I really enjoyed the diversity of things we did, including the walk over Brooklyn Bridge and the amazing views from Rockefeller. There was a good amount of free time and I felt there were lots of opportunities to do what we liked.”

Plans for next year’s visit to New York are already in progress after such a successful trip this time around.