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Taking a bite out of the Big Apple

Thursday, May 25, 2017

As a Geography student at University Centre Shrewsbury, there are plenty of exciting opportunities to explore the social and physical landscape both in the UK and overseas. So, by way of ensuring our students get the most out of their course, our Geography department really doesn’t hold back on the making the best out of a wide range of fieldwork opportunities available.

As part of the optional experiential fieldwork learning module, our human geographers were given the amazing opportunity to visit New York City! Here’s what second year Carrie Lanceley (pictured far right) had to say about her experience:

“Recently I was lucky enough to go on a fieldtrip to New York as part of my geography course. Right from when the idea was first talked about, I felt it was an amazing opportunity and one I did not want to miss out on. It was great meeting fellow students from the University of Chester, meeting organisations in New York, as well as exploring what the city had to offer.

The trip was part of a module called Fieldwork Applications, and whilst there we were all put into small groups to either research the topics of immigration or urban regeneration. Depending on which topic you chose, depended on what organisations you interviewed in order to complete your research. We were then tasked with an onsite presentation in front of our tutors. The work we completed aimed to mirror a work based learning experience; working with a group of people you haven’t met before, as well as meeting and speaking to different organisations.

Even though a lot of our time was spent completing our work, we were all lucky enough to enjoy some free time to explore New York for ourselves – which was fantastic. We managed to visit quite a lot in a short space of time including Times Square, the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, the 9/11 Memorial and the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island.

All of the students bonded so well on the trip, and I will never forget my time spent in the Big Apple - where some new friendships began and some grew stronger. I didn’t want the trip to end, and even though my body was tired and my feet aching from so much exploring, it was 100% worth it!  This trip has been the most enriching opportunity that my course has offered so far and I am so glad I got to be a part of it.”

Want to know more?

For further information about studying Geography at University Centre Shrewsbury, browse the dedicated course page on our website or contact Dr Fiona Williams, Programme Leader for Geography, who will be more than happy to answer any questions: fiona.williams@chester.ac.uk

Likewise, if you would like to visit and find out more about our sites and facilities, the best opportunity is during one of our open events. Our Open Evening takes place on Thursday 8th June, our Open Day will be on Saturday 21st October and we run regular weekly campus tours.

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