22 April 2024

An Unforgettable Journey to New York City

With the dedication of course leaders, 23 students experienced a blend of education and adventure in NYC.

In March, Mia Donovan, Course Leader for Uniformed Protective Services, with the assistance of Perry Sansom, Course Leader for Year 2 Sport and Exercise Science, Megan Taiani, and Steven Scott, Course Leaders for Year 1 Sport and Exercise Science, took 23 students to New York.

Their vision and commitment brought together 23 students for a trip that seamlessly blended education with adventure. The unforgettable journey to New York City was more than just sightseeing – it was a hands-on cultural and educational experience!

From Madison Square Garden's all-access backstage tour to the poignant 9/11 Memorial and Museum, and from the historic Ellis Island to the iconic Statue of Liberty, not forgetting the mesmerising Broadway show, Back to the Future, every stop enriched our students' understanding of units such as Technology in sport, Coaching for performance and fitness, Sociocultural issues in sport and exercise, Citizenship and Diversity in the Uniformed Protective Services, Global affairs and the media, and Principles of managing security threats.

But it wasn't all about study – we also soaked in the vibrant energy of Times Square, tried iconic American food such as pretzels and corn dogs, not to mention the famous New York pizza slices! Additionally, we gave students free time to explore the city on their own in groups of four or more, adding to the excitement and independence of the experience. Students in their free time visited Central Park, the Friends Experience, NBA Building, MLB Shop, Rockefeller Centre, Ghostbusters Fire Station, and many more iconic spots. We had many first-time flyers and first-time American adventurers; this created a trip with memories that will last a lifetime.

Additionally, staff who attended the trip want to commend our incredible students for their exemplary behaviour throughout the trip. They felt immensely proud of the way they represented USP College. Their enthusiasm, respect, and positive attitude truly made a lasting impression. In fact, staff were told by the Managing Air Hostess from Virgin Airlines that our students were the best and easiest educational group she has worked with during her time at Virgin Airlines. This feedback speaks volumes about the exceptional character and conduct of our students.

Embarking on the incredible journey to New York in March wouldn't have been possible without the dedicated efforts of our amazing course leaders! Mia Donovan is already planning the next American adventure in 2025, this will be available to all current 1st year students in the Sport and Health care professional’s department.

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