Whether it’s enjoying local life in Highland Falls, hiking in the Catskill Mountains, or visiting New York City to take in a Broadway show or Yankees game - cadets have access to all sorts of activities off campus.
Off-campus life is actually a lot of fun. So everyone has Thanksgiving, spring break, winter break. But how often you get to leave depends on what grade you're in and also depends on your performance.
So a trip section is basically a West Point sanctioned and funded trip where you go with your club or your team to basically compete or to see something. So for instance, you can take a trip section, go down in the city, and be an honor guard for a Yankees game. Or you could take a trip section and go to Rome and spend a week there during spring break and debate.
I went to the Columbia University in uptown Manhattan with the Model United Nations team here. So that was a lot of fun because during the day, I would wear a suit, go debate in community. And after I was done, I could just roam around the city with some of my friends, exploring Manhattan and parts of New York.