SEI 2017 Day 27 Update


East Coast Travel Week Day 3

After a full day yesterday, students enjoyed an early morning bus ride from Boston to New York City. Many chose to sleep most of the ride and others listened to music or read a good book. Upon arriving in “The City that Never Sleeps” (aka: New York City), the group stopped at the Westfield mall for lunch and then headed to the 9/11 memorial and the new One World Observatory. After checking into the hotel, SEI staff and students headed out for an evening dinner in the famous Times Square.


Westfield World Trade Center Mall 

After arriving in NYC, students had a chance to grab lunch at one of the newest shopping centers in the area. The Westfield mall, is a new building replacing the old shopping mall inside one of the Twin Towers. The 365,000 square foot building makes this mall the largest in Manhattan. While the shopping was more upscale than in California, the students still enjoyed looking at products from famous American brands.


9/11 Memorial & One World Observatory

Nearly 16 years ago, the United States of America faced one of the most petrifying circumstances, as terrorists crashed two planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. On September 11, 2001 nearly 3,000 innocent people were killed on American soil. Today, SEI students spent time at the stunning 9/11 memorial, remembering the lives of these victims. The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. The pools sit within the exact footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. Many of the SEI students had never heard of this important piece of American history, others were shocked to see the exact area of which they have read much about in their history classes. After visiting the memorial, staff and students got to take a ride in one of the fastest elevators in the world, launching 102 floors in just 47 seconds. Upon arriving at the top of the One World Observatory, SEI members enjoyed a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of New York City.


Exploring Times Square 

Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center, and neighborhood in the midtown Manhattan section of New York City. Brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements, Times Square is one of the most popular tourist’s destinations in the world, hosting over 300,000 tourists each day. SEI students enjoyed exploring the city and finding delicious places to eat dinner – one group even found an authentic hot pot restaurant.


SEI Staff Highlight: RTA, Ms. Lindsay Benda 

Red team girls RTA – Ms. Benda – is no stranger to SEI; this is her fourth year serving as an RTA. She has an older brother and an older sister and is originally from Chicago, Illinois. Currently, she is studying nursing in Michigan at Calvin college and she recently studied abroad in Ghana this past semester. Ms. Benda loves hiking, traveling, going to coffee shops and meeting new people. She has been to China once before and is planning to return in January.

Fun Fact: For the past few years, she has been studying Mandarin Chinese.


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