It is amazing what a bunch of determined college students can do when given an opportunity. Known as the financial capital of the world, New York City is the place most finance students want to go visit. The Financial Management Association at Indiana State University, which I am a part of, flew to New York City to see the differences between jobs and internships there compared to the ones offered locally. There were two groups, one of 6 and one of 8, that flew, yes in an airplane, out to NYC. I was on the first flight and we left at 5 a.m. to get to the airport. My plane landed in New York at 9:30. The other group was not as lucky. They got delayed. The plan was for them to leave at 11 a.m. This way they would still get to participate in the events of the night, but not everything can go as planned.
The event we had planned for that night was watching the taping of CNBC Fast Money. Due to the second flight being late, those students did not get to see the show. They tape this show at the NASDAQ building in Times Square. When I first heard what we were doing, I imagined a nice little room for us to sit in while we watch. This was not the case. The room they do the taping in is very small. It basically just fits the stage and the cameras. We got to sit against the glass where people outside can look in and also watch the show. When the show started, everyone in front of the camera lit up with enthusiasm. They were all very well prepared, had their laptops out in front of them, and had papers dealing with the topics they were discussing out in front of them. It was really interesting to watch. The energy levels were outrageous. We had to be very quiet during the taping, but after it was over we got to ask the guys a few questions. The guys we got to watch were: Steve Grasso, Pete Najarian, Tim Seymour, Joe Terranova, and the host for the night was Simon Hobbs. When we told them we were from Indiana State, they all made references to Larry Bird. This was successful because we got to see how finance shows are taped to see if we would want to get into that type of career path.
After leaving the NASDAQ, we all went to eat at Planet Hollywood. It happened to be right down the street from where we were. When we got there, they had lost our reservations. Luckily we still got in. Planet Hollywood is a very tourist oriented establishment. There were pictures of celebs, movies, and music everywhere. It was awesome to see and have dinner at. Afterwards, we all went back to the hotel to prepare ourselves for the full day we had planned for day number 2. Times Square is absolutely beautiful!