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Ohio State Lima honors students take on New York City

New York City postcard

When two dozen honors students visited New York between spring semester and summer term, they did more than explore one of the world’s most bustling urban areas. They also brought back a deeper understanding of classroom concepts and stronger relationships and networks.

New York was Paige Purdy’s second honors’ trip. With each adventure, she has seen her network of friends grow.

“The trip allowed me to turn 'classroom/school' friends into real friends,” she said. “The Honors Program trips have enhanced my education by allowing me to get to know a whole group of people I may have never gotten to know. It adds a whole community of people on campus that I can look to for support and friendship.”

Purdy’s friend Anna Walker was on her first trip with the program. While visits to places like Ellis Island and the 9/11 Memorial have deepened her understanding of American history and encouraged her to look more deeply at everything she sees, the star of her trip was the city itself.

“My biggest takeaway from the trip was a sense of culture. New York is filled with so many different types of people. Different ethnicities, styles, and lifestyles. I honestly felt like I had taken a trip around the world, because there were so many different cultures in one city,” Walker said. “I loved trying all the different foods, riding the subways, seeing The Book of Mormon, and exploring the city with amazing people.”

Sierra Butcher had visited both Toronto and Washington D.C. with the honors group before the New York trip. As a theatre and English major, she studies the words and presentations of playwrights and actors so Broadway beckoned. She saw three shows while in town.

“It was thrilling to see how the way I imagined the actors to portray their characters, and their sound, differed from what it actually was on stage,” Butcher said. “I love paying attention to the acting techniques and being able to recognize how what I've learned in the classroom is being applied on a live, breathing, world-famous stage.”

Click on the names below the pictures to find out more about the students' experiences in their own words.


Sierra Butcher is a double major in theatre and English from Wapakoneta

Paige Purdy is a marketing major from Minster.

Anna Walker is a biology major from Troy.

Students at the Black Tap restaurant in New York.

Anna Walker

New York is a beautiful city with so much to offer. I loved trying all the different foods, riding the subways, seeing The Book of Mormon, and exploring the city with amazing people. My biggest takeaway from the trip was a sense of culture. New York is filled with so many different types of people. Different ethnicities, styles, and lifestyles. I honestly felt like I had taken a trip around the world, because there were so many different cultures in one city.

Photo: Anna Walker (left) and Paige Purdy enjoy a birthday cake milkshake at the Black Tap restaurant.

Students outside the Music Box Theatre in New York before seeing the musical Dear Evan Hansen.

Brayden Cox

The best part about going to New York City with the honors group at Ohio State Lima was getting to experience my first time in the city with a great group of people. I don’t think I have a favorite part of the trip because I really enjoyed all the aspects of the city life. My biggest take away from the trip was the realization on how different people live their lives, when comparing small town to big city.

Photo: From left, Sierra Butcher, Tori Bradford, Brayden Cox and Madison Langhals wait to see Dear Evan Hansen outside the Music Box Theatre.

Students on the Brooklyn Bridge

Madison Langhals

Everything about New York City was extraordinary because I have never traveled there before. I enjoyed having the freedom to explore the city in small groups at night and traveling with the group to famous sites, but my favorite part was going to the theater to watch Dear Evan Hansen, the musical.

It was an amazing experience because you are surrounded by people that are similar to you. It really gave me a great way to get to know several of the students who I often saw around campus and at honors meetings. Not only did I make new friends, but I learned a lot. Going to Ellis Island was an eye-awakening experience, and visiting several of the museums was a really neat experience.

Photo: Madison Langhals walked across the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset.

Students at the High Line park in New York.

Paige Purdy

The trip to New York allowed me to turn “classroom/school” friends into real friends. The Honors program trips have enhanced my education by allowing me to get to know a whole group of people I may have never gotten to know. It adds a whole community of people on campus that I can look to for support and friendship.

Photo: Paige Purdy (right) and Anna Walker visit the High Line, a 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan.


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