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“My education is going toward a higher purpose to make our community better.”

College of Sciences | Engineering & Physics When Alyssa Anderson came to Harding, she knew she wanted to major in engineering. What she did not know was how much she would learn about people through her major. “Coming into engineering, I was a very shy girl,” Anderson said. “Engineering is more teamwork than I thought it was. I did not anticipate the interconnectedness of the
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“We’re taking our field internationally and reaching out to as many individuals as possible…”

College of Allied Health | CSD Having attended a state school for her undergraduate degree, communication sciences and disorders graduate student Emily West was quick to notice the Harding difference when she stepped on campus. It was the faculty’s compassion for their students and the program’s reputation of excellence that convinced her to enroll. “My sister came to Harding and was a CSD undergrad here
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“It is very much an experience, and you get experience doing real therapy…”

College of Bible & Ministry | MFT Chad Barron attended Harding as an undergraduate to study youth ministry. Upon graduating, he began work as a youth minister in Tampa, Florida, where he worked for six years. Barron returned to Harding to study marriage and family therapy so he could utilize his strengths in one-on-one settings and better reach families seeking help. He now plans to go
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“They’re very supportive and encouraging of whatever you want to pursue.”

College of Arts & Humanities | Art & Design For many students, favorite aspects of college include social life, sporting events, clubs or just the connections made in four years. For senior painting major Thomas Coffey, the best part of college for him has been the department of art and design. Coffey attributes this largely to the opportunity the department gives him to improve his
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“I would not be who I am without the teachers I’ve had…”

College of Sciences | Behavioral Sciences “I started looking at the many ways to help kids. I have a heart for kids who need help.” Sarah Marshall was drawn to social work because of the children. She grew up babysitting, which made her realize she wanted to work with children, but not as a teacher. “You can always do something different with social work. I feel
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“Being in the smaller ensemble groups really helped me to become a better musician.”

College of Arts and Humanities | Music Carly Taylor began playing the violin when she was seven years old. It soon became her passion, and she is now turning that passion into a career plan. Taylor currently participates in Chorus, Chamber Singers and String Chamber Ensemble within the music department; teaches a youth orchestra and a summer string camp; and was also able to participate
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“I will never know everything God did for us with our body, but it’s fun trying to learn everything…”

College of Sciences | Exercise and Sport Sciences Jared Knappe knew he wanted to pursue exercise science after taking his first anatomy and physiology class his sophomore year. As Knappe began learning more about the subject, his future began taking shape. “I just want to dedicate my occupation to God and His glory, whether that be opening a non-profit or wherever he leads me,” Knappe
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“I’m a visual thinker…”

College of Arts and Humanities | Art & Design College is a time of self-discovery for many students, discovering gifts and talents as well as weaknesses you never knew you had. For senior graphic design major Jewelya Williams, that is exactly what college has been for her. “I came to Harding, and I did not know that I could draw,” Williams said. “I thought I
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“The teachers are good about meeting with students and having open office doors to come and talk to them…”

College of Nursing | As a student, it can be easy to become discouraged with difficult classes, a bad grade or personal challenges. Junior Wesley Bland has faced all of these challenges and more during his time as a nursing student, but practice and determination have helped him overcome. “You start off low on the totem pole, so anything you do you’ve got to practice
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“There really is an opportunity to serve and to be a leader…”

College of Pharmacy | Brady Clark always knew he wanted to pursue a career in the medical field, but it wasn’t until his mother suffered a brain hemorrhage that he began to ask questions about specific pharmaceutical drugs and their effects. During his final year as an undergraduate, Clark enrolled in the 3+1 pharmacy program at Harding to study medicine in an official capacity and
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