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“My goal is to own a recreation center specifically for inner-city kids…”

College of Sciences | Kinesiology In high school, Vanessa Lewis knew she wanted to become a basketball coach because of the way her own coach inspired her and ministered to all the players. Lewis saw the way her coach implemented her faith through practices, wins and losses. This demonstrated to Lewis how she could pursue her love of basketball while still showing others her faith.
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“I’m so glad I took the classes I did. I met some amazing people.”

College of Arts and Humanities | Foreign Language Eric Bontempo first began taking French at Harding as an English major requirement but enjoyed the classes and subject so much he decided to pursue a French major as well. According to Bontempo, his decision was strongly influenced by everything he was learning from classmates and Professor of French, Robert McCready. “Dr. McCready was my very first
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“They really work to get us connections in great companies…”

College of Business | After an introduction course to accounting, Austin White saw his future begin to take shape in the College of Business Administration and decided to pursue accounting and management information systems. “Accounting opens your eyes to different parts of business you had no idea you would have to do,” White said. “In different projects that we’ve done, you have to make a
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“I feel like family and consumer science is a good mission platform…”

College of Sciences | Family & Consumer Sciences Incorporating her faith into the future workplace, Rachel Perry plans to use her FCS education major as her chosen ministry. “I feel like family and consumer science is a good mission platform,” Perry said. “This is where I feel like God has put me. This will be my method of affecting the world for a greater purpose.”
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“Math is applicable to so many things, and I’ve seen that in my classes…”

College of Sciences | Mathematics With a family background in mechanical engineering, along with her own love of math, science and physics, Kelly Spangler always knew she wanted to pursue a major that aligned with her interests and strengths. After attending Spring Sing during Bison Days and sitting in on classes, Spangler knew Harding was a perfect fit and eventually found herself at home in
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“There’s been several times where math teachers will show us how math even exists in the Bible…”

College of Sciences | Mathematics Aris Ortiz wants to teach math — and he’s gaining hands-on experience by assistant-teaching Calculus I alongside Travis Thompson, professor of mathematics and dean of the College of Sciences. “I really enjoy working with numbers, and I’ve always been fascinated with the logic that’s involved in math.” Ortiz said he enjoys Thompson’s classes the most, especially his probability class because
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“Going overseas changed my world view and helped me understand people better…”

College of Sciences | Behavioral Sciences Every major presents its own set of expectations and challenges. Senior psychology major Hayley Waldron has seen this first hand in her department. “Probably the biggest challenge is that psychology is so broad in spectrum,” Waldron said. “You have to in your own mind narrow down where you want to go because there are so many different things you
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“I really learn from being in my professors’ classes and hearing their personal stories of their travels and experiences.”

College of Arts & Humanities | Foreign Languages & International Studies After feeling a lot of pressure her senior year of high school to choose a college and major, Jill Jennings chose to major in Spanish at Harding. She had always enjoyed Spanish and heard that Harding was nationally ranked. Within the Spanish program, Jennings was able to form relationships with her peers and professors
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