Emily Sanders of Colorado Springs, Colorado, graduated from Harding in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Throughout her undergraduate career, Sanders said she had a number of memorable experiences in the classroom and learning from University faculty.
Sanders took French for three years under Dr. Robert McCready, associate professor. Though the class was difficult at times, Sanders said McCready went out of his way to help his students understand the material.
“He was very engaging in class and always encouraged students to go beyond what they felt comfortable with in learning French — which you have to do to really master a new language,” she said. “I learned that hard is not always bad! I just always appreciated his teaching style and the fact that he seemed to care very much about his students and their success.”
Another class Sanders remembers is Associate Professor of English Larry Hunt’s history of language class, which Sanders admitted she initially had doubts about.
“I don’t really know how he did it, but Dr. Hunt made that class so entertaining, Sanders said. “He had the best laugh and would crack us up every time in class with funny stories or videos about the history of language. It turned out to be one of the most fascinating classes I took.”
In a Bible class with Dr. Scott Adair, associate professor, Sanders remembers many moments when he made her think about the Bible and her own faith from a new perspective. She said she’ll never forget the day he brought in a steel animal trap with cloth covering the teeth to illustrate faith in God.
“He told us it wouldn’t hurt if someone stuck his or her arm into the trap and it snapped; he had done it before,” she said. “Would we act on faith that what he said was true? There were no volunteers. He certainly made his point though.”
Looking back on her experience in school, Sanders says she is thankful for the teachers in her life and the influence they have had on her future.
“I’m very thankful to have had teachers who were not only gifted in their area of study but were also gifted in communicating to, connecting with, and inspiring their students,” she said. “You don’t always get both, so it’s special.”
Hannah Beall Owens, director of news services