Why did you choose to study at Harlaxton?
Harlaxton was actually one of the main reasons that I came to UE in the first place! When I was first looking at colleges, I knew that I wanted to have the opportunity to study abroad somewhere. During my last few years in high school, I got a brochure from the school in the mail, and Harlaxton was the photo right on the front. It looked so beautiful. I couldn’t believe that I could have the opportunity to live and study in a place that looked like it came straight out of a storybook! So, once I was an admitted student at UE, I knew that going to Harlaxton was a must for me!
Did you have a life-changing experience during your time at Harlaxton?
All my life, I’ve been a planner. There is a lot of planning you have to do while at Harlaxton. Plan for travel, lodging, things to do, and how you’re going to get school work done while traveling every weekend. There are a lot of things that don’t go the way you planned, though. Cancelled trips, missed flights, and bad weather to name a few. Above everything else, Harlaxton has taught me how to go with the flow. While that may seem like a small thing, it was definitely life-changing for me.
Based on your experience, what makes the Harlaxton program unique?
I think the Harlaxton program is unique because it is designed to maximize cultural emersion, student success, and fun. I was able to take several courses that actually applied to my major while I was at Harlaxton where at other schools you may only be taking general requirement classes. The British Studies class is very unique to Harlaxton’s program. I got to learn about history while getting to see some of the places that we learned about in class during my travels! Everyone who goes at least gets the opportunity to go to the field trip spots, so it is guaranteed that they will get to see some of the places. There are also free weekly excursions that go to places nearby that are historical or just fun! Speaking of fun, most weeks classes run from Monday-Thursday meaning that almost every weekend is three days long! Unlike other schools where the weekends aren’t quite long enough for trips, here, there is plenty of time for students to travel all over Europe! I’m pretty sure I went to a new city or country every weekend!
How has the Manor become your second home?
The first time that I called the manor home was when I was coming back from a trip. “Let’s go home,” I said to my friends that I was travelling with. The manor becomes home base when you travel every weekend. You are in a different country, city, hotel, and bed so often, but the manor is always there for you to come back to.
What advice do you have for future Harlaxton students?
Try something new. Meet new people. Take both school and independent trips. Don’t travel with the same exact people every weekend. Take a weekend off to focus on school work if you need to.