More than 1,000 students heading to New York in January will be able to take part in free activities thanks to De Montfort Students' Union (DSU).
Members of the DSU officer team, including President Ahtesham Mahmood, will be travelling to the Big Apple alongside hundreds of final year students to deliver extra activities taking place during De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)'s mass trip.
The events come after the success of similar activities held during last year’s mass #DMUglobal trips to both New York and Berlin.
Ahtesham, who was also part of the team last time around as VP Student Activities, said: “We will be offering free trips to three iconic locations in New York just as last year, when students absolutely loved them.
“This is about making sure students have the opportunity to experience the city without it hitting their pocket. It’s a great chance to make new friends as well, and actually learn about the city and not just get dazzled by it all.”
The Officer Team will serve as tour guides as they take hundreds of students to see the Brooklyn Bridge, Little Italy and Chinatown, and the city’s famed linear park, the High Line.
“These trips will be adding two things to the student experience; one will be to learn about the city, and how its culture has grown over the years, and secondly it is to help people branch out within the student community,” Ahtesham explained.
“Our students will be going on academic trips as well, but the SU-organised events will bring together students from different schools of thought together and is just about creating those memories.”
#DMUglobal trips enable students to enrich studies, broaden their cultural horizons and develop key skills valued by employers.
The university’s last mass #DMUglobal trip, to the German capital of Berlin, saw diverse course-related visits ranging from Einstein’s former observatory, a former SS villa in the city’s suburbs and even the first international Be the Change event at the British Embassy.
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While the additional events being put on in New York are free, due to limited spaces DSU is asking students to sign up first.
Ahtesham added: “Being in one of the most densely populated cities in the world, we also want to make communicating with you as easy as possible.
“So, this year we have created a Facebook group to make sure you know what is going on while we’re away, and will also act as a social catalyst for you before the events. It’s like being a first-year student all over again!
“We don’t want anyone sitting in their hotel room just waiting for the day to tick by – get out there and do something unforgettable!”
Posted on Wednesday 29th November 2017