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New York City Trip!

NYC Times Square

Time Square in New York City

On the evening of November 22, 2011, a group of international students departed UNCG for the New York City Thanksgiving Trip! The group traveled through the night and was so excited that upon arrival the next day that they didn’t even rest. They just went directly to tourist sites and shopping centers to begin their adventure.

The next day, Thanksgiving Day, was a big day for the students. First, they had the opportunity to see the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Some of our students woke up very early in the morning to watch the famous parade.  This year marked the 85th anniversary for the parade, which begins at Central Park West and West 77th Street and proceeds along Central Park South before ending at the Macy's flagship store, at Seventh Avenue and West 34th Street. After the parade, the students gathered together to share a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Ulysses, an Irish folk house and pub, where they enjoyed turkey, side dishes, salad, and dessert. On the bus ride to the restaurant, IPC trip leader, Logan Stanfield, talked about the history of Thanksgiving since some of the international students had never before celebrated Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. Dinner also included a surprise birthday cake that no one was expecting since the mother of one of the international students had ordered the cake from Australia and had it sent to the restaurant! Everyone enjoyed celebrating this special birthday and sharing a Thanksgiving meal together. At the end of the dinner, the four trip leaders and two other students were also surprised to receive several anonymous notes from the group expressing their thanks for organizing the trip. The special notes were much appreciated by the trip leaders. Later that night, a lot of the students got an early jump on Black Friday shopping. Many of the students shopped or just stayed out to experiencing the Black Friday atmosphere, even after midnight.

Birthday in NYC

A surprise birthday celebration on Thanksgiving Day!

While in NYC, the group stayed at a hostel located only one block from the subway, three blocks from Central Park, and surrounded by many restaurants and stores. Since rooms, activities, and other amenities were provided at the hostel, students enjoyed staying there and were satisfied with their visit. All in all, the students had a great time in NYC. The amazing city, the special events, and the biggest shopping day of the year all made the students wish they could stay one more day, but on Saturday evening, November 26, the group departed and rode through the night to arrive back on campus by Sunday morning.

After the trip, some of the students posted on the “NewYork Guide” Facebook group page, saying, “Thanks so much to Logan, Geoff, David, Ling & IPC for all your help & organizing for the brilliant trip to New York!!! Hope you enjoyed too!” and “Such an amazing Trip! Thank you so much.” Also, a special thanks goes out for all of the trip leader’s efforts, including the Facebook group, and to the lovely students who attended.

ISA Formal

ISA Formal

Dancing the night away at the ISA Semi-Formal

On the night of November 30, 2011, UNCG international students gathered with friends to celebrate the end of the semester and wish farewell to those returning to their home countries at the International Student Association (ISA) Fall Semi-Formal. After arriving via an ISA sponsored limousine, students danced, enjoyed refreshments, and socialized throughout the night at the Lotus Lounge in downtown Greensboro. UNCG students were also joined by other international students from neighboring universities and colleges such as NC A&T, Guilford College, and Bennett College. Many of the UNCG students met the other international students during the International Leadership Conference coordinated this month by NCAIE (North Carolina Association of International Educators) and invited them to join in the festivities.  The Semi-Formal event is held bi-annually and is organized by ISA board members.

Previous editions:
- Vol 11, ed 3: November 2011
- Vol 11, ed 2: October 2011
- Vol 11, ed 1: September 2011

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