Day 35: All-American

Bailey Weigel 2015

Summer always feels like the shortest season, but this year July came faster than ever. In the five weeks that we’ve been in New York, MSBA has kept us so busy that we’ve barely had time to pause and take a breath. This summer has been a whirlwind in the absolute best way, which means it’s also been wildly exhausting. Although a part of me wishes we had another awesome Friday Field Trip scheduled for the week, the 3-day holiday weekend couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. With the friendships among our class growing stronger every single day, the 4th of July was the perfect opportunity for us to wind down and have some fun together outside of the MSBA programming.

“There is truly never a dull moment when we’re together”

After allowing ourselves to sleep in a bit on Saturday, about a dozen of us put on our most patriotic apparel and set out for our Independence Day destination: Coney Island. Coney Island sits in the southeast corner of Brooklyn (a borough we hadn’t had a chance to visit yet), and is home to the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest – arguably one of the biggest 4th of July events in the entire city. The trip took us a little over an hour; even though we got there after the contest had ended, the island was still buzzing with excitement and plenty of things to do by the time we arrived.

First things first, we had to sample some of Nathan’s Famous dogs ourselves. After we ate, we wandered around the boardwalk for a while before finally settling into a spot on the beach. We spent the next two hours soaking up the rays and tossing around a football (typical MSBA, bringing a football everywhere), and even hit a couple of carnival rides to complete our Coney Island experience before taking off for home. Our night culminated at a karaoke bar back in the Upper East Side, where a small group of us spent hours sang our hearts out to a near-empty room. There is truly never a dull moment when we’re together.

Spending the day relaxing in the sand was a nice change of pace from the hustle-and-bustle of the city, and a great opportunity to sit back and reflect on the previous 5 weeks. The MSBA programming is a dream-come-true for someone trying to break into the sports industry, but one of the biggest things that I underestimated about the summer was the connection I would have with the other 24 people in the program. As cheesy as it sounds, we really have become a family, and it was great to spend 4th of July surrounded by my family.