9 Reasons My Fine Arts (New York) Trip Was Awesome
Start writing a post

9 Reasons My Fine Arts (New York) Trip Was Awesome

New York, in the perspective of a tourist.

9 Reasons My Fine Arts (New York) Trip Was Awesome
Alyssa Eiben

My senior year of high school, was the year a fine arts trip landed on a "big" trip. Every four years there is a big trip hosted by the school. Senior year was going to be for New York. So many thoughts popped into my head. “Oh my god! Finally, New York,” or “Will I get murdered?” etc. It was the first thought that actually happened, otherwise you would not be reading this because I wouldn’t be here, unless I am a ghost. Spoiler! I am not a ghost. Anyway, here is a list of reasons, my trip was awesome:

1. The Statue of Liberty

She is so beautiful up close. The ferry was awesome; the scenery was wonderful. The museum inside is so cool with the miniature statues and facts about our Lady Liberty. I didn’t get to go up to the pedestal (we were running out of time) or the crown (we didn’t have those tickets). Although I wasn’t able to go up there, I still had fun (there is always a next time). My friend who is going blind made this part awesome. Thanks Kyle! You Rock! Even though he couldn't see most things, he had a blast. It made me rethink why I was sad that I didn't get to go up there, because he wasn't even able to at all (due to his disability).

2. Night Tour

New York is beautiful, but it can also be dangerous. Not in the way you think. We got to ride on the top of a double-decker bus, and our tour guide got hit by a hanging tree branch, and he had a bloody nose (I’ll spare the gruesome details. It was bad). People were gasping and saying “the tour guide!” Me, thinking it was the tour guide for just the night tour, I looked up to the front to see she wasn’t there. I thought she had fallen down the steps. Like why wasn’t anyone getting up to get her? Then I looked next to me. Thankfully it wasn’t her that they were talking about, it was our actual tour guide for the entirety of the trip (not that it’s a good thing he got injured, but it’s better than the night tour guide falling down the stairs). Sigh of relief times four (Times Square). Ha Ha. I crack myself up.

3. The 9/11 Memorial

The rush of silence and emotion was an incredible feeling. I was amazed by this sublime feeling I had. I just felt at peace knowing there was something wonderful there for everyone who passed away to have a light shown on not only the emergency personnel dying, but the others too. It was something I will never forget. (Enter moment of silence).

4. The Empire State Building

Being up 86 floors made me feel powerful. Being able to see the beauty of New York at such high ground was exhilarating. I felt all of my problems slowly drift away. I just saw the peace in not only New York, but myself too. It amazes me how different it all is at a new perspective. Down in the streets is fast-paced and crazy, but above it all, it is quiet and peaceful.

5. Times Square

This was awesome, mostly because I saw the red stairs where Glee performed in the "New York, New York" episode. Not being able to sit on them was heartbreaking. Although I didn’t get to shop, I got a portrait done (with a free frame that was supposed to be $10 extra. Thanks Denise!). Rock on! Speaking of "Rock," we went to the Hard Rock Café to eat. It was delicious. I saw the 2015 Times Square Ball. There are so many things I saw that it all mushed together, and I should just end here before I confuse you.

6. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Although I was tired and in pain (from walking so much) at this time, I loved being there and seeing what is considered art. Seeing Rose II by Isa Genzken made me feel so happy because my mother passed away in January before the trip. It felt like she was with me, and I suddenly felt a little better. My mother's name is Rosemary, by the way.

7. Central Park

I pretty much just remember seeing the statue of Balto, and the John Lennon memorial in Strawberry Fields. I loved seeing the Lennon memorial because there were roses scattered around “Imagine.” Which also gave me the feeling of my mother with me. Imagining the smile on her face made me so proud of myself for doing something that I wanted to do, which was go on the trip in the first place.

8. "Wicked"

This was my favorite part of the trip. Although I didn’t get to see Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth perform, it was a beautifully "wicked" performance. I had been wanting to see that production for ages. Before the show, we met up with a cast member and did a Broadway Workshop. We learned the music and the dance to the song “One Short Day,” which is a song in the show. Although I forgot some of the dance, I do remember the song (sings the song in head). I didn't get a picture of the production (because it's broadway and you can't take pictures or video), but I did get a (quite expensive, but worthy) shirt.

9. "Rocky"

Although this isn’t in New York, it’s still worth telling. We went to Pennsylvania on our way home, and ran the steps...that Rocky ran. How awesome is that? Not many people can say they did that. It was actually really cool. Some people are probably like “who cares, Sylvester Stallone wasn’t even there when you were.” I do care because he was there before. Ha ha. It’s almost the same thing, right? I was in the same place of most of the celebrity population while in New York. That was the best thing ever. All we have in Iowa is Ashton Kutcher, and he doesn’t even live here. That meanie!

I would totally recommend going to New York, if you haven’t. It’s actually a beautiful place. There are so many opportunities and sights to see. I left some out, but that’s because I didn’t have any pictures of those places, and they weren’t as important to me as the ones above were. New York is awesome. If you go there, you wont regret it! If Pennsylvania is on the way home, run the "Rocky" steps! It's a bit of a work out, but it's exhilarating.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Rebecca Alvarez

Rebecca Alvarez is many things: founder, sexologist, CEO, mentor, and more — as a Latina businesswoman, each of her endeavors is grounded in the strong principles of inclusivity and diversity, especially in sexual health and wellness. Bloomi is the product of her all of her shared passions, and with it she has fostered a community of like-minded, passionate women.

Keep Reading... Show less

There is not a consistent standard for health education in the United States. There are a lot of variables that go into this — what state a student lives in, whether they go to a public or private school, and the district's funding and priorities. These variables can be argued for any subject, not just health class. But as we continue to grow as a society, hopefully bettering our education system along the way, it's crucial to consider this often-forgotten element of a child's schooling.

Keep Reading... Show less

In March, the whole country shut down. School was online, extra-curriculars were canceled, and I found myself laying in bed all day every day. One day, as I was laying in bed contemplating my laziness, I decided that I wanted to do something to make myself more healthy. I was feeling so down on myself and my laziness so I decided to make a change.

Keep Reading... Show less

10 Songs That Made It Onto My September Playlist

September is the month for Los Angeles natives and Australian music fans.


The Neighbourhood, Bad Suns and The Driver Era are three Los Angeles bands that released songs this month. Not only was it a month for Los Angeles bands, but many Australian bands released new music — San Cisco's fourth studio album, Surf Trash single, Skegss single, and High Tropics single. I made new discoveries this month and was pleased by the amount of new music.

Read the listicle below to learn what came out this month in alternative rock music:

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Staying Active While You're Stuck Inside IS Possible, It Just Takes Some Small Steps

I know the last thing you want to think about right now is exercising, but it's time to put down the controller and put on your workout clothes.


As someone who has also been living on a bed since March, I can guarantee you that working out has been the last thing on my priority list. It's pretty far down there, along with my motivation and brain cells I used to use for work. However, I have made an effort in the past couple of weeks to move up exercising to at least number three on my priorities list.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Got Clean At A Very Young Age, And It Honestly Saved My Life

At 18, the world looked so much different for me than it did for most other 18-year-olds that I knew.

Emmie Pombo

Going into rehab when I was 19 was hands down the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life. My addiction started when I was around 17 and spiraled and spiraled out of control, as addictions always do. However, looking back, I'm so lucky my addiction started and ended when it did.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

7 Things Your Partner Can Do To Support You When You Have PCOS

Don't be afraid to ask for help or comfort if you need it.


Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) may not be totally visible to the eye, which makes it a lot harder for your partner to understand what's going on with your body.

If you are in a relationship, it's important that you communicate your PCOS symptoms with your partner. I say "your" symptoms specifically because everyone's symptoms are different.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Watched 'The Social Dilemma' And YIKES, I'm Terrified For The Next Generation's Mental Health

Millennials can remember a time without online social affirmation, but we may be the last ones.

The Social Dilemma / Netflix

I've been in a media job for the entirety of my professional career. From part-time social media internships to full-time editorial work, I've continued to learn how to tell stories, write catchy headlines, and keep people interested. I believe working in media is a big responsibility, as well as a valuable way to advance our world.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

One Indictment, Three Charges, And No Justice For Breonna Taylor

We can't settle for this decision or a system that is fundamentally broken and unequal.


On March 13, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was fatally shot in her apartment by police who were executing a "no-knock" warrant. Since then, there have been rallying efforts both in the streets and on social media demanding justice for Taylor and keeping her name known.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments