When did you attend Harlaxton?

Spring 1984.

Did you have any unique experiences during your time at Harlaxton?

While at the manor I studied the American Revolution from the British perspective and the best of British lit, among other wonderful things. We even had a medieval banquet where we dressed up, feasted, and danced! And some of my crazy cohorts ordered pizza from New York and had it flown over and delivered!

Does Harlaxton still feel like a second home? Have you returned since studying abroad?

More than home, more like a fairy tale. I felt sort of like a heroine in a book and hope to return there either on my own or with one of the alumni tours.

Do you have a favorite trip from your time at Harlaxton?

Because of the opportunities for travel at Harlaxton, I turned 21 in Russia and saw the Bolshoi perform Swan Lake, then ate an unsugary Russian birthday cake. Also, I floated through Venice and still remember the gelato and pasta there. Divine!

Did your experience at Harlaxton have an impact on your future? Was it a life-changing experience?

Definitely a life-changer. I wasn’t at all surprised when I learned recently that it’s the number 1 rated study abroad program in the US. I came away from Harlaxton so enriched both personally and professionally that it enabled me to achieve my dream of being a historical fiction author and continues to provide a deep well of inspiration to this day. In fact, my tenth novel releasing next year is set in a manor house/castle inspired by Harlaxton’s beauty and history. I’ll never forget Harlaxton!

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