SLD Impact Trip

The Impact of New York

           Going on a trip out of town can be exciting. It can be a chance to grow and learn, but also a fun and refreshing change of pace. In the Student Leadership Development (SLD) program, the members take yearly trips out of town. These trips are always the highlight of the end of the year, and this year was not an exception. This past May, the trip was to New York City. The SLD Impact trip was valuable because I learned many things on the trip, and I also had an enjoyable time.

            To start, one of the early things we did on the trip was go sightseeing. The tours we went on took us to different sections of New York, and we saw things like the Brooklyn Bridge. Going on the tours was useful because I got to see how New York was different from Florida. New York City is often referred to as the city that never sleeps. During the trip, I was able to see what that phrase meant. Even if the sun has gone down, the bright lights from the buildings and the busy people on the streets make it appear as if it’s still daytime. Because I went through the city, I learned that I would not like to live in a place as busy as New York.

            Secondly, I learned about New York City from the monuments and attractions. A monument that I was looking forward to seeing was the Statue of Liberty. I had seen the statue in movies and TV, but never in real life. I was looking forward to it because it seemed like the most interesting to learn about. From how it was given to America by France, to how the statue was originally brown, it all turned out to be intriguing. I also liked the way the Statue of Liberty looked in person. Seeing the details that went into the carvings, like the creases in the clothes, made me appreciate just how much work was put into it.

            Another part of the trip I liked was the World Trade Center. The World Trade Center is comprised of multiple buildings, including One World Trade Center. One World Trade Center is the largest building in New York City, and has over 100 floors. I liked this building because it allowed me to further view the scope of New York. I was able to get a bird’s-eye view and see just how many buildings and skyscrapers are in the state.

            In addition, another place in the World Trade Center was the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. I liked the museum because it was very informative on the history of the 9/11 attacks. For example, I learned that some victims were trapped underneath rubble, and it took several days to find them. I never thought that the victims were trapped, and just thought they were found shortly after the attacks. The museum also felt personal and respectful to the victims. There was a list and a description of every person who was killed by the attacks, and there were actual recordings of people calling 911. It felt personal because it made me feel sorrow for the individuals who lost their lives.

            Next, we visited an attraction for Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Times Square. This was a museum that was full of trivia facts about random things. An example of this was a baseball section dedicated to facts about the sport, like how Babe Ruth put cabbage in his hat to keep cool. In addition, the museum showcased many people and animals with different oddities. For instance, there was a display of a man who transformed himself into a lizard. He was covered in scaly, green tattoos, his tongue was split in in half, and he had bumpy ridges in place of eyebrows. There were also several displays of animals born with two or more heads, such as goats and cows. Overall, everything displayed in the museum was fascinating, though it was not my favorite.

            My favorite attraction that we visited was Madame Tussauds New York. Madame Tussauds is a wax museum filled with replicas of celebrities, such as Michael Jackson, President Barack Obama, and Scarlett Johansson. I enjoyed the museum because the wax statues looked very realistic, even to the smallest details. The skin had marks streaking down that gave it an authentic feel, and the eyes had a glossy look to them to make them look like genuine eyes. The figures looked so much like real people that I thought an actual person standing still was one of them.

          I also liked Madame Tussauds because they had wax figures of fictional people. One of my favorites that they had were Marvel characters. These characters included Iron Man, Captain America, and Hulk, and there was even a 4D show dedicated to them. In addition to Marvel characters, there was E.T., Indiana Jones, and characters from the 2016 Ghostbusters movie. This attraction was my favorite because I appreciate the effort put into it, from selecting a variety of people to make figures of, to making them look exactly like themselves.

            In conclusion, the time I spent on the New York trip was very valuable. One reason why it was valuable is because I learned many things during it. For example, I learned more about the Statue of Liberty, like how it was originally brown. I also liked the trip because there were fun places to go. My favorite place was Madame Tussauds, because I enjoyed seeing the characters and how they looked authentic. The trip left a positive impact on me, since I came back knowing much more than I did.



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