The Rules and Tips of New York Trip for U. of Akron International Program
Safety! I have organized this New York trip for many years. So far, all of the students have learned a great deal and they have had a great time. I would like to keep this good record, so I can continue this trip for future students. Remembers the Office of International Program, and the University of Akron organized this trip. Your activities and behavior fall under the guidelines for student behavior, found in the student guidebook. In order to make this trip run smoothly as possible, it has been decided that this is an alcohols-free trip. Furthermore, the following rules will apply:
You have to be back to the hostel before 11 pm. No exceptions! I will recommend that you return home by Greyhound if you fail to follow this policy.
WHINING IS NOT ALLOWED! Don’t let little things upset you and allow them to spoil your and other people’s trips.
Take care of yourself. It will be no fun should you get sick. I recommend that you bring your health insurance card along with you on the trip. Drink lots of water. If you get to the point where you feel very tired, take a break at a coffee shop or go back to the hotel and take a nap.
Be aware of your belongings. Leave your valuables at home. Carry your camera with you. Do not leave valuable things at the hotel. When entering a crowded place, beware of pickpockets.
Copy your debit/credit card’s number and toll free number so that you can cancel it if your wallet is stolen.
Group leader will take you to the subway stop where you can purchase a 7day bus and subway pass ($29) and get a map. The first two days, group leaders will guide you around the city. The third and fourth days you can make your own plans. We have a great itinerary and museum listing for you to follow. Look for websites and gallery ads in various art magazines for any special shows or events you would like to see.
Take a bus. It is slower than the subway, but you get to see more of the city.
Be independent! You do not have to glue yourselves together. You will see more if you are in a smaller group or if you are by yourself than if you hang around with a larger group. If the person you are meeting doesn’t show up on time, go out on your own and enjoy yourself. Don’t wait for others and waste your time.
It can be very confusing to determine the direction you want to go after you get out of the subway. Politely ask people for directions. Most New Yorkers are very friendly.
Use common sense. If you get in some street where you feel uncomfortable, get out of that area as soon as possible.
Breakfast - $6 will get you a hot breakfast. You can also order a sandwich for your lunch at Zabra Café. H&H bagel is best in NYC.
Dinner: There are many good restaurants towards Midtown on Broadway Ave.
Budget you money – Breakfast $6, lunch $10, dinner $20 and snacks $4. Total meals equal about $40 per day. Museum entry fees can run to total $60. Remember you will need some meal money for the last day. Reserve $20 for breakfast and lunch.
Bring some snacks, fruit, and drinks for the bus ride. Carry a water bottle
Try to sleep as much as you can on the bus. We will have a very full day when we arrive on NYC.
Bring a small pillow for sleeping on the bus. Bring flip-flops for the shower. Try to shower at night. It can be very crowded in the morning. Especially last day morning.
Bring your student ID. It is much cheaper for the student fare.
Pack light. Hotel’s rooms are very small and you may have to carry luggage to the 12th floor.
You have leave the key to front desk otherwise your roommates can not enter.
If you snore loudly, you need to get a patch at the pharmacy, so other people can sleep. (4 people in one room)
You are allowed to go on your own. Please just let me know your activities and plans. Please leave messages on my room’s door.
Subway and buses run less frequently after 10 pm.
A cell phone will be handy if you want to call your group leader and family. A list of phone and email address will be email to you.
I will be in the hotel lobby around 9-10 pm to answer your questions and to share your fun stories.
Do not keep others waiting on you, be flexible, go with the flow, be a happy camper, and be sensitive to other people’s feelings.
You are not allowed to bring anyone to sleep with you or you sleep at other place. Hotel’s room is small but safe. It is located at very good neighbor hood.
Drunk and problem behavior will be reported to UA Student Affair Committee.
Courtesy to the bus driver, do not leave any trash in the bus.
Please save $5+ for bus driver’s tips.
You can give away our Metro pass to other people at the hotel on the last day.
No body piercing or tattoos while on this trip.
Hui-Chu reserves the right to kick you out of the hotel, and not allow you to ride the bus, if you violate the UA student guidebook.