Fresh from their victory in the 2015 ifs Student Investor Challenge final, the triumphant Withdrawal Symptoms boarded a flight to New York City in August to take in the sights and sounds of the Big Apple.
Home to the Empire State Building, Times Square, Carnegie Hall, Central Park, Madison Square Gardens and the Statue of Liberty, students Adam McClelland, Toby Journeaux, Jamie Wreathall and Ollie Blake from Malmesbury School in Wiltshire spent a week enjoying everything the City had to offer.
After a smooth flight, the students checked into the InterContental hotel situated close to Times Square, before taking in “the Ride” – an interactive tour through Broadway in the heart of the city.
A return to Broadway was the order of business the following day, with a matinee performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, followed by dinner and a trip up the Empire State Building.
Other pre-booked activities the student investors enjoyed included Wall Street Walks, a Helicopter tour and a trip to the Yankee Stadium to see the NY Yankees vs the Minnesota Twins. Further trips to One World Observatory and the New York Stock Exchange (suited and booted of course) also followed.
Keen to make the most of their trip, the Withdrawal Symptoms team also made the most of their ample free time, taking in Ground Zero, climbing to the top of the Rock and a enjoying a cycle around Central Park.
To win the coveted prize, Withdrawal Symptoms excelled in three challenging rounds, which have tested every aspect of their financial understanding and application. They are now part of a select group of fewer than 30 or so students who have made it to New York since ifs University College has been running the competition.
Details of the 2016 competition will be released shortly, so make sure you sign-up for a chance to win a trip to New York. As the team from Malmesbury found, if they can make it there, they can make it anywhere. It’s up to you!