Last month 45 of West Cheshire College’s Business, Retail and Performing Arts - Acting students enjoyed a five-day, once in a lifetime trip to New York City.
Navigating the streets and subways of Manhattan, the students got an insight into the fast-paced environment of New York and visited some of the City’s most iconic attractions including Central Park, The Empire State Building, Times Square and Ground Zero.
During their time in New York, the students had a chance to check out some of the cultural and musical influences that the City has to offer, such as Radio City Music Hall Backstage Tour, the National History Museum and Strawberry Fields.
A trip down 5th Avenue was also the perfect opportunity for the 15 Business and Retail students to undertake their retail research, with the chance to explore many infamous flag ship stores including Burberry, Louis Vuitton, and Yves Saint Laurent.
The Performing Arts - Acting students also found time to fit in a show, taking their seats on Broadway to enjoy a performance of the hit show Wicked.
“It was phenomenal to have the opportunity to visit New York. Wicked was simply amazing and I loved Times Square. It really was the best trip ever.” said Imogen Dingle, 18, from Mold who is studying Performing Arts - Acting Level 3.
Wendy O’Connor, 30 from Birkenhead, who is studying HNC Diploma in Performing Arts - Acting Level 4, added: “Thank you to West Cheshire College, I had such a fantastic time and loved every second. We got to visit the Audition Workshop and also saw The Price by Arthur Miller on Broadway with Danny De Vito and Mark Ruffalo. I never thought Danny De Vito could be so entertaining. The trip was made all the better by being part of such a lovely group of students. A once in a lifetime trip with some treasured memories.”
For the Business students, Wall Street was calling and their explorations led them to the Financial District. After taking in the around-the-clock community for working, living, and entertaining, the students also visited the Supreme Court, where they watched a trial in action.
Paul Moss, Programme Leader Performing Arts – Acting Tutor at West Cheshire College commented on the importance of international study trips for students: “We live in a global climate and therefore it’s important for students to gain an international understanding. Trips such as this provide students with valuable experiences and allow them to see things with a new and different perspective.
“The trip has been really inspiring for the students, enabling them to develop their creativity and broaden their horizons. We know all the students enjoyed their time in New York and we hope to organise another equally influential trip soon.”
Ellie Moore, 20 from the Wirral, studying Performing Arts - Acting Level 3, endorsed that by saying: “I had an absolutely amazing time. The itinerary was great and we all enjoyed a truly memorable trip. Thank you to West Cheshire College for organising such a fantastic tour.”
To find out more information about studying Business, Retail and Performing Arts courses at West Cheshire College, visit west-cheshire.ac.uk or call the college hotline on 01244 656555.