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Get out of your Comfort Zone

“The best part of Harlaxton is the lifelong friendships that you develop while experiencing Europe together.”

Rob Montgomery

Professor of Marketing

When and what did you teach at Harlaxton?

I taught at Harlaxton in the Spring of 2001, Summer 2004, Fall 2007, Fall 2012, Summer 2014, and Spring 2018. I’ve taught UK Sports Marketing, Contemporary European Business Issues, Leadership through Popular Film, The American Corporation, International Marketing, and Principles of Marketing.

What is Unique about teaching at Harlaxton?

The environment in which we live and learn is special. You develop strong bonds with your students at Harlaxton because you live, eat, travel, and learn with them.

How did Harlaxton become a home for you and your students?

The physical space at Harlaxton speaks for itself, but the people make Harlaxton home. From Jerry and Patty Seaman and Ian and Ellen Welsh. To the British faculty Ed Bujak, David Green, and Nicola Boyle. To staff members like Lawrence, Rob, Donnie and Mickey, Carolyn, Clive, Tony, Phil, Chris, Martin, Richard, Anne, Linda, Andrew, Matt, Bryson and many others, as well as visiting faculty and their families. Many wonderful students and friends in Harlaxton Village like David and Janet Armes. All of this makes Harlaxton our English home.

How did you see students’ lives change during their time at Harlaxton?

It differs depending on how much travelling they’ve done before attending Harlaxton, but every person is impacted in a major, positive way. When students first arrive they notice little things like driving on the left (wrong?) side of the road, but as the semester goes on they begin to see very deeply important, subtle differences. The learn to understand why they exist and learn to see past small differences. They realize the many similarities shared by all cultures. Even though students are mature adults when they arrive at Harlaxton, they grow exponentially in terms of confidence, knowledge, maturity, and understanding.

Do you have any advice for future Harlaxton students?

First, while the countries, cultures, and histories that students will experience are incredible and life changing, the best part of Harlaxton is the lifelong friendships that you develop while experiencing Europe together. So my first advice is to sign up for Meet-a-Family. These folks will become a long-term part of your life. Spend time getting to know the incredible administration, faculty, and staff. And go out of your way getting to know locals. Lastly, get out of your comfort zone. The more you challenge your comfort zone, the more you’ll get out of your study abroad experience.

Rob Montgomery

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