Ryan Haas by the water's edge

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An Unparalleled Atmosphere

“My Harlaxton experience taught me many invaluable lessons.”

Ryan Haas

Major: Athletic Training and Physician Assistant

Why did you choose to study at Harlaxton?

Harlaxton is widely discussed among students and faculty alike. It was described to me as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel outside the USA while still taking a course that I needed to graduate. The best part was that I would pay the same tuition at Harlaxton as if I were on campus in Evansville. I am also a big fan of soccer and wanted to see my favorite team play in England as well as watch a game at the European Championship held in France that summer.

Did you have a life-changing experience during your time at Harlaxton?

Yes. Before that point in my life I had never travelled outside of the United States. My Harlaxton experience taught me many invaluable lessons not only on how to get outside of my comfort zone, but also on how to speak to and appreciate other cultures. I was also lucky enough to take a course at Harlaxton that fully immersed me into the structure (both advantages and flaws) of the British health care system. I believe that what I learned at Harlaxton will help me not only treat patients of other cultures but may also help me improve the structure of the health system I will be working in.

Based on your experience, what makes the Harlaxton program unique?

What makes Harlaxton unique to me is how welcoming and inviting the whole program is. To be honest, I never considered studying abroad when looking for colleges and even through my freshman year. However, once you hear from nearly every Harlaxton student that it was the best experience of his or her life, the decision to go is made easier. Once at Harlaxton, the staff is incredibly welcoming and helpful with everything. At no point did I feel like I was alone with no one to help if needed.

How has the manor become your second home?

Harlaxton is a completely stress-free environment in a rural portion of England. It allows you to unwind from traveling and really allows you to see the culture of England outside of the large cities. I believe this atmosphere is unparalleled by any study abroad trips I know of from other colleges.

What advice do you have for any future Harlaxton students?

Don’t be afraid to do what you want with your time in Europe. This seems simple, but every day goes by faster than you would think, so spend time doing things that make you enjoy your trip! There is such a vast amount of things to do in Europe that fits all personalities. If you want to see the culture of every big city that you can see with your time then do it! However, if you want to see Europe’s landscape, then don’t feel pressured to see places that don’t necessarily interest you as much

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