Journalism trip to NYC highlights year

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The lights flash in the city that never sleeps. From the nightlife to Manhattan sightseeing, New York is the heart of American heritage. It was one of the first cities ever in our country and is still considered the greatest.

On our journalism trip to NYC in March, we learned about our family’s backgrounds at Ellis Island, watched the Statue of Liberty from the ferry and saw most of the tourist sights.

Our main focus was to enhance our journalistic skills by attending class at Columbia University. It became much more than just university classes. We learned about New York culture, daily life, and how one can use public transportation to enhance his or her daily plans. Columbia University had a large array of talented and well-educated professors.

The Empire State Building was lit green on St. Patrick’s Day. Everyone became Irish that day and the parade was five miles long.

After adviser Greg Stobbe took the 14 of us to Ellis Island, we walked through Wall Street and the NY Stock Exchange. A half hour later, the ruins of the once towering World Trade Center twin towers came into view. Nothing but rubbish and debris was left behind. Yet NY still bustled with activity all around it.

China Town and Little Italy was a great part of the culture mix. We learned much about Italian and Chinese culture. We ate at two excellent Italian restaurants and tasted what real cooked Italian food tasted like. The ?mom and pop’ places are the best.

Of coarse we stopped at the small tourist shops that overtook us and bought plenty of souvenirs to bring back to our family and friends.

The Metropolitan Museum is a sight that cannot be overlooked. We decided that a day should justify much of the museum. From ancient ruins in the Cloisters to early 20th century art, the Met is a place that must be seen and experienced in New York.

After the Met, we went to Time Square and watched the town glow at night. The Broadway plays were fantastic such as: Phantom of the Opera and 42nd Street. Live talent and awesome performances were a highlight of New York City’s night activities.

We also attended a New York Rangers hockey game in Madison Square Garden. The Garden crowd was smelly and booed the home team even as the Rangers beat the Buffalo Sabres, 3-0. Tough crowd.

All in all we found out Stobbe leads a top-flight tour and does the same leading the newspaper. And as junior Eric Witters said, “I kept hearing journalism facts and ideas from college professors that I already knew. I guess Stobbe is a pretty good teacher.”