2011Apr 6

SPAD visits the Big Apple!

By SPAD Blogger Lukas Hayes


Embarking with some of your best friends to one of the biggest cities in the world is truly a dream come true. The SPAD field trip is truly remarkable and is the capstone project of four years of hard work. This year’s trip saw a bit of a twist, as the group was given a full tour of the Air Canada Centre and treated to an alumni dinner at the Real Sports Bar afterwards. Various alumni managed to catch up on old times and meet some of the upcoming SPAD graduates. The next day saw an early morning of travel in order to get to our destination, New York City.
The arrival to NYC saw groups of SPAD students combing the streets of downtown Manhattan to take in the sights. The festivities could only last so long however, as groups immediately began setting in to work on their field trip projects. Hours and hours…. And HOURS were poured into these projects. Groups were able to present to Rutgers University, the New Jersey Nets, the Madison Square Garden group and the New York Mets. I can truly say that these were some of the most elaborate and well-constructed projects that I’ve ever seen.
Once the business component of the trip was done, it was time for a weekend of fun. This began with an amazing St. Patrick’s Day parade. The city was overwhelmingly green and alive, as everyone looked to get into the party atmosphere. That night saw SPAD attend various bars and parties to celebrate the festive day. Friday saw another night of celebrating in which SPAD all went out to the same bar. Saturday’s highlight had to be the class dinner. The dinner saw course after course of exquisite food, capped off with lobster, steak and chicken.

Sunday came and saw the group head back home to Sudbury to finish out the school term. The trip was truly memorable, as groups took in many different sporting events (New Jersey Devils game, Rangers vs. Habs game, Knicks game, and UFC). The group also took in sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Ground Zero, Wall Street, Times Square and many more. In addition, a lucky group was able to attend the Letterman Show. The groups worked extremely hard in their academic requirements and were rewarded with an amazing week in New York City. It’s a trip that I’m sure myself and my fellow colleagues will never forget. Congratulations on all of your hard work!

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