By Mia Circosta
In the July school holidays, a group of keen Drama and Visual Art students ventured to New York in order to broaden their knowledge of their chosen fields. The tour promised extensive learning and memorable fun for both groups, and definitely did not disappoint.
We began with a swift, 13-hour trip to LAX. Those with smaller bladders opted for an aisle seat, whilst the heavy sleepers set up camp at a window seat. Those who found themselves in the middle seat got the best and worst of both worlds. Spirits were high as our group of bright eyed, eager girls made their way to the city of dreams, New York. Upon our arrival at LAX, there was a slight hiccup in regard to our connecting flight to New York in the form of an earthquake. My guess is that the universe was just increasing our anticipation for the finale- the destination. Off course, the ‘finale’ was just the beginning of our much-anticipated adventure.
During the first few days, we got in touch with our inner tourists and partook in some wonderous sightseeing. A few of the places we ventured and bucket-list boxes we ticked were; Times Square, A tour of Brooklyn, Top of the Rockefeller Centre, Hard Rock Café, Ellen Stardust Diner and the Guggenheim Museum.
Once we had played hard, it was time to work hard. For the drama girls, our next five days consisted of vigorous workshops. We worked hard and had great fun devising and creating. We strengthened our dramatic abilities to the max, and I am forever grateful for the experience. The artists I travelled with spent one day at the MET museum, and I was rather jealous! They saw many famous artists such as Pablo Picasso as well as an amazing Camp exhibit which was featuring because it tied into the MET Gala’s theme. Then in the latter part of the week, they had a private, guided tour around Chelsea galleries and went to the Whitney museum where they had a tour and explored the gallery.
Overall, the experience was out of this world. You never forget the feeling of being in a city that loves your favourite subject as much as you, whilst also being surrounded by passionate classmates. It was an experience I cannot put into words. I speak on behalf of the whole tour group when I say that we are so lucky to have opportunities such as this one. We gained so much from it.