Why did you chose to study at Harlaxton?
I always knew that I wanted to study abroad in college, and when Harlaxton was presented to me, I jumped at the opportunity. The manor was beautiful, Harlaxton has a class schedule that allows for plenty of travel, my credits were guaranteed to transfer, and the manor’s location was the perfect way to experience both country and city life easily.
Did you have a life-changing experience during your time at Harlaxton?
Absolutely. Harlaxton opened my eyes to many different European cultures and made me a more globally aware citizen. Through my experiences during my time in Harlaxton I did things I never dreamed I would do. I traveled to a foreign city in which I did not know the native language as a solo trip, I learned the history of many sights I had only seen in books, I made lasting friendships with people across the United States and inside the United Kingdom, and I experienced immense personal growth.
Based on your experience, what makes the Harlaxton program unique?
The Harlaxton program is unique in many ways. The class schedule allows for more exploration of the area and Europe as a whole and there are many opportunities to become involved in programs that will expose you to local culture, such as the Meet a Family Program. Class sizes are small, and every teacher knows you by name. The manor itself is a unique, gorgeous building that provides a second home for its students. Additionally, the nature of the program lets students shape it to get their desired experience; it can be whatever you want it to be.
How has the manor become your second home?
The manor has a way of taking in a new group of students and becoming ‘their” Harlaxton. Each group creates their own memories inside and forms bonds that will last a lifetime. No two people will ever have the same Harlaxton experience, and I believe that is what makes it home to so many students. The Harlaxton experience is truly a unique thing that is defined by what you choose to do with it.
What advice do you have for any future Harlaxton students?
My advice for future Harlaxton students is to step out of your comfort zone and to truly make the most of your experience. It may seem like you will be there for a long time, but it will be over before you know it. Make friends with kids from other schools, take risks, eat foods you never thought you would, and do things as the locals would.