Thirteen Business and IT students from Riverside College and Cronton Sixth Form had the amazing opportunity to travel to the United States of America for an exciting five day residential experience in New York City.
As well as taking in the sites of one of the world’s most iconic cities, the trip was a great way to enhance the students’ knowledge of the global economy, how businesses trade on an international scale and an opportunity to immerse themselves in the world’s biggest economy.
Over five unforgettable days the students were mesmerised by iconic sights such as the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Central Park before starting the real ‘business’ of learning about stocks and shares with an interactive tour of Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange.
The students further enhanced their knowledge of the finance industry by visiting the home of the world famous banking dynasty; the Rockefellers, as well as having the opportunity to see some of the buildings owned by the multi-billionaire businessman and current US President Donald J Trump.
During the evenings the group enjoyed the diverse culture of the Big Apple by taking in a top theatre show on Broadway, being dazzled by the bright lights of Times Square and walking the haunted alleyways of Greenwich Village whilst listening to stories of the spooks and spectres that reside there.
Second year Level 3 Business student Caitlin Brown said, “It was a once in a lifetime trip where I learned so much about the history of one of the world’s most influential cities. The trip enhanced my understanding of the world of business in general which has motivated me to succeed on my course so that I can one day return to the city as an influential businesswoman myself!”
Business Lecturer and trip organiser Bryan Doyle said, “It was a real pleasure to spend this time with such a fantastic bunch of young people. Far too often some young people in our area don’t get the opportunity to expand their horizons and experience other cultures.
“This trip not only allowed our students to learn about a different culture but it also gave them a much broader understanding of the global economy and our place in it which has given them a much deeper insight into the topics they have been studying. The trip was a huge success and I can’t wait to start organising next year’s Business Studies residential.”