With three days of incredible learning experiences under their belts, Sunday was an opportunity for the 1,000 De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) students in New York to take in some of the Big Apple’s most iconic sights.
In the morning, hundreds of #DMUglobal students took the Subway to the bottom of Manhattan Island and Battery Park to take the boat over to the Statue of Liberty.
Lady Liberty has stood as a symbol of freedom since it was officially dedicated in 1886 and has been seen by millions of immigrants arriving in New York in hope of a new life. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Asfiya Khan, who studies International Business, is from India. She said: “It is just amazing. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. I am enjoying being here so much. It is quite overwhelming really.”
Sofia Lucchini, who studies Business Management, said: “I cannot believe DMU has given me the opportunity to visit the city of my dreams.
“I look up at the Statue of Liberty and I cannot believe I have made it here.”
Students were then given the opportunity to go to the Top of the Rock, an observation deck 70 storeys above Midtown Manhattan.
The viewing deck is part of the Rockefeller Center. Described as one of the greatest projects of the Great Depression era, Rockefeller Center was declared a New York City landmark in 1985 and a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
Health Studies student Kasthuri Haridas said: “It’s actually so beautiful and the whole trip to New York has been so great. We have been helping people in need through #DMUlocal and I have seen things I never dreamed of. It’s been such a fantastic experience.”
Jordan Harrison, Business and Marketing, said: “The view here is amazing and it makes it being here with all my friends too. It’s been such a wonderful trip.”
As daylight turned to dusk, students soaked up the stunning backdrop which has been immortalised in blockbuster films such as Serendipity and Home Alone 2.
Chanelle Amin, who is studying International Business, said: “#DMUglobal gives you amazing opportunities such as coming out here. It’s something I might never get the chance to do again.”
Business Management student Will Barber added: “Being in New York is incredible. The 9/11 memorial and ABC Studio Tour were phenomenal. I’m excited to carry on exploring the city and having fun today with fellow students.”
Posted on Monday 7th January 2019