Sadie Gee entered a Twitter competition run by Sir Richard Branson in which he asked people to send him a photo of themselves with a suitcase.
The former Newlands Girls' School pupil, 20, was shocked when the Virgin boss messaged her to say she'd won, scooping the exciting trip as a prize.
Along with her mum Debbie, Sadie, who studies management with entrepreneurship at Southampton University, travelled to London on Friday to meet Sir Richard.
After chatting with the businessman, whom she describes as 'very friendly', Sadie and Debbie were whisked off to spend the weekend in the American city.
Highlights of the trip included a VIP tour of the Empire State Building and experiencing the snowfall.
Visit http://sadiegeeonline.blogspot.com/ to read more about the trip.
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