Emmalee Gladding on Harlaxton's front lawn

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Harlaxton makes learning more relatable and personal

“I grew so much as an individual and came home with a new proactive mindset and a greater confidence in myself than ever before!”

Emmalee Gladding

Accounting and Political Science

How did your time at Harlaxton impact your college studies and transform you?

Harlaxton allowed me to feel totally independent and self-sufficient for the first time. As someone who has lived in Evansville my whole life, I have always had a nearby support system. But this was not the case at Harlaxton, so I was worried about how I could handle this experience on my own.

Throughout the semester, however, I quickly learned how to deal with tricky experiences on my own. I grew so much as an individual and came home with a new proactive mindset and a greater confidence in myself than ever before!

What was your favorite thing about studying at Harlaxton?

It’s hard to pick just one favorite thing, but I would have to say the fun activities offered at the Manor. The student engagement team offered fun activities weekly for students, and the house competitions were definitely a hit!

I was also a part of a ChangeLab that worked to modernize the bistro for future students. Although there was work to be done, I enjoyed tasting new food and drink creations and coming up with fundraisers and games!

Did you take program-specific classes at Harlaxton, and what was unique about them?

I went to Harlaxton with my fellow business students, and most of my classes were about business on a global scale. My classmates and I were able to bring real-life experiences back into the classroom for discussions, like the various operations in Great Britain compared to American corporations. The experience made learning more relatable and personal than many of the other traditional on-campus classes I have taken.

What piece of advice would you give to someone planning to study at Harlaxton?

It’s important to remember to not sweat the small stuff and try your best to soak in all of the amazing experiences! I was nervous about managing travel on my own, but the other students and I got the hang of things quickly and easily! Believe in yourself and rely on your classmates to support you through even the most stressful of situations. And always remember that it's not every day you get to go on a semester-long vacation while still earning your degree! Soak it in and take pictures and notes to document your experience!

Do you have a favorite trip from your time spent abroad?

The biggest highlight of the trip was fall break when I traveled to Mykonos, Santorini, Venice, and Rome all in 10 days! It was a busy week, but I got to experience so much amazing history, food, culture, and fun that I will never forget.

Emmalee Gladding in Rome

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