Final Day in NYC: Tuesday, November 21

By: Aidan Welch, BS'21, and Benjamin Clore, BS'21

Tuesday, November 21, was the last day of the Kelley School New York trip. Just like the previous two days, it was jam-packed with exciting destinations and extraordinary experiences. This included visiting the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, touring Bloomberg Global Headquarters and stopping by historic Grand Central Station. It was a busy day and a fitting end to a phenomenal trip.

The first stop of the day was the Federal Reserve. After a short tour and an introduction to the purpose and function of America's Central Bank, the students got to venture down into the gold vault deep underground. Needless to say, there were plenty of slack jaws and shocked expressions at the sight of the billions of dollars of bullion resting within. Unfortunately, because of the enormous quantity of precious metal, much of which belongs to foreign governments, photography was not allowed. While disappointing, this did keep 24 college students off their phones for over an hour, which is no small feat!

After visiting the Federal Reserve, the group took the express train to 59th Street, and from there, walked to Bloomberg Tower.

Visiting Bloomberg was an incredible experience. The employees working there were super friendly when they greeted the students and welcomed them with snacks and drinks. One interesting thing about Bloomberg is that they make teamwork and transparency top priorities in the company. All of their conference rooms and offices have clear glass walls so that no one can hide in a corner office. Another cool feature is that everyone, from Michael Bloomberg himself to the employee who just started, uses the same desks and no one has a personal office. This helps promote community and teamwork within the company because everyone is together and able to communicate easily. It also helps promote and atmosphere of equality in the company.

While touring Bloomberg, students were able to take a small intro class on using Bloomberg terminals. These terminals are packed with huge amounts of up-to-date business information, and the short course introduced students to the use of this vast resource. All in all, Bloomberg Tower was an eye-opening experience, and a valuable look into the cutting edge of modern business.

The final major destination of the day was Grand Central Station, which is maybe the most aptly named train station in the world. With its ornate decorations and stunning architecture, the place would make any other name seem inadequate.

Since the Kelley freshmen were among the few people in the building not rushing around trying to catch a train, they had time to gaze up and around them at the marvels of art and engineering. As far as final impressions go, Grand Central Station did not disappoint.

After finishing up the day's structured activities, students once again hit the busy New York streets to begin the journey back home. Mixed emotions accompanied the walk back to the hotel. On one hand, their aching feet made the prospect of a relaxing flight back to their own beds an attractive option. On the other hand though, the experiences of the trip tinged their departure with sadness. The trip could not last forever, but the memories made and lessons learned are bound to last a lifetime. In the words of one student, New York got students "excited about business." Sore feet notwithstanding, seeing the classroom lectures and the pages of the textbook come to life was worth every mile.