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The only way is up for DMU students in New York

Students from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) felt on top of the world when they visited a New York landmark as part of their #DMUglobal experience.

A group from across all four faculties ascended 70 floors to enjoy views of the famed skyline from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at the Rockefeller Center.

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The Midtown Manhattan activity was one of a selection students could choose from to enhance their cultural understanding of the city.

Amy Transfield described the experience as "breathtaking and definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".

The English Language and English Literature student said: "You get a bird's eye view of what life is like in New York rather than being on the ground and living in it.

"It adds to your understanding of the city because you get to see everything."

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Her English Literature classmate Ella McGill could directly relate the experience to her course.

"The way that New York has been built there are so many different cultures in it and you can find relevancy everywhere.

"The Rockefeller Center is so ornate, I love the style of it, and then being able to see New York from up high is just the best view I've ever seen in my life."

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Psychology student Hamza Mir enjoyed getting a different perspective of the city.

"Being down on the floor in Manhattan you're always looking up at the sky and seeing how the towers are leaning over you," he said. "Coming up here you get to see how everything is on the same level as you and it's literally an amazing sight.

"It's something that I'm going to take away with me for the rest of my life."

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The 360-degree views, taking in the  Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty to the south and Central Park to the north, proved inspirational for Architecture student Chang Chern Loh.

"This is benefitting my studies," he said, "as the skyline is improving my visuals".

Students also had a chance to explore an exhibition of photographs and artefacts from the Rockefeller Center, famed for its Art Deco style, before taking the Sky Shuttle elevator to the viewing area.

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Ryan Cook had never seen anything like it before.

"It is amazing as well as cultural and you don't see many things like this in your life," said the Business and Law student, who is also getting a lot from his academic activities.

"It's good to see American law, the differences and how we can compare our own to theirs. It's very beneficial."

Posted on Sunday 7th January 2018

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