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New York Trip
International students pose in Battery Park. From left to right: Alec Drake, Faton Behrami, Nicola Ross, Abbie Moran, Puneet Wadhwani, Colette Brooks, and Reed Sheffield
IPC New York Trip Fall 2012

By Junyi Hu, UNCG International Graduate Student

On November 20, 2012, nearly ninety international students boarded two buses to embark on an exciting trip to New York City. After about ten hours on the road, we arrived at the Hostelling International New York, where we began our NYC journey. Hostelling International New York is considered one of the best hostels in the world. They provided us great accommodations, including a variety of facilities. The staff was extremely kind to us, especially the manager, Mr. Smith, who was very friendly and helped with our luggage upon our arrival.

Compared to Greensboro, the weather in New York was chilly when we arrived, so we had to dress warmly in winter coats, sweaters, stockings, and boots. Considering “Superstorm Sandy” had just swept across the city in late October, we weren’t sure what to expect when we arrived, but we were glad to see that New York was well along the road to recovery. Many of the main parts of the city had returned to being a lively, bustling metropolis.

Many of the students had never been to New York before, so they were eager to discover what was beyond the hostel walls. Before the trip, the students had already planned and scheduled numerous activities, such as visits to the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, Central Park, the Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue, and more. It was an exciting experience, and for many of the participants, to visit these places was to fulfill a lifelong dream. 

On Thanksgiving Day, the students rushed out to take advantage of the holiday sales. Many of them also went to the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade where they took a lot of pictures of the awesome performances and the giant balloons that filled the sky. Thanksgiving evening, we gathered together at the Ulysses Folk House for a very delicious traditional American Thanksgiving dinner, complete with turkey, vegetables, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and dessert.

We left the hostel and the city that never sleeps on Saturday to head back to Greensboro. On the way home, the students recollected their best memories before drifting off to sleep.

While the students’ energy seemed spent, they were still excited to share the happy moments in NYC with friends and family back home through photos and Facebook posts when they arrived at UNCG the next morning.
We would really like to encourage other international students to take advantage of the trips organized by ISA and IPC. They are a wonderful opportunity not to be missed!

International students celebrate the end of the semester at the ISA Semi-Formal

On November 28, 2012, more than 100 international students celebrated the end of the semester at the bi-annual International Student Association (ISA) Semi-Formal. The event was held at the Lotus Lounge, a club in downtown Greensboro that was rented and decorated especially for the occasion. After arriving at the club in two luxury limousines, the attendees danced the night away, singing along to their favorite songs. In addition to being an end-of-term celebration, the semi-formal was also a send-off, as some of the international students are returning home after exams. IPC would like to congratulate everyone on completing the semester, and to wish everyone who is leaving a safe voyage home!

Colleen Mills, Prasamsa Sharma, Carla Guevara, and Akriti Sharma pose in front of one of the luxury limos before the ISA Fall Semi-Formal
Semi Formal Dance
International students dance the night away at the Lotus Lounge in downtown Greensboro







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