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“There are classes in a wide variety of things, you can make it work. The little extra perks that are not as well advertised might be your key to a successful future.”

Rachel Harder

Majors: Exercise and Sport Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy

A More Personal Setting

Rachel, a Lilly Scholarship recipient, received an in-state scholarship that was significant in her choice to come to UE. During her college search, Rachel was looking at Indiana schools with Physical Therapy programs. Rachel was granted direct entry into UE’s Physical Therapy program, which made UE a stronger contender for colleges. She also enjoyed Evansville as a city and felt really comfortable on campus. Rachel went to a small high school, so the personal setting with small class sizes was a major pro-factor. The UE Road Trip was another great opportunity for to students and ease into the college campus.

Extending Her Outreach

The Exercise and Sports Science Club has been a big part of Rachel’s college experience. Every year, EXSS student present the Health Careers Forum for students in all health-related majors. Alumni are brought in who’ve been involved in these specialized areas to give students information on what they can do for a career.

The Admission Ambassadors program is a great way to promote UE and connect with families. During tours, Rachel said she spouts information but during a panel students will ask what they truly want to know. This also let Rachel get an inside look to what’s really important to the students. The best part for her is when Rachel sees a student she hosted previously or met on Road Trip enrolled at UE the next year.

Learn by Traveling

An experience Rachel valued in her program was working at the fitness center on campus at Carson Center. Her internship with Body Makeover also resulted in a job. At the internship, Rachel became proficient in online marketing and using HTML code.

Rachel also traveled to Harlaxton College in the summer of 2014 for a six-week program. Rachel’s Harlaxton professors recognized that real learning came from the travel through class trips and weekend adventures. Even with a 10-page paper and lots of homework to do, Rachel was still able to climb the Eiffel Tower on a Saturday and visit Stonehenge.

Professors that are Accessible

Dr. Donald Rodd, professor of exercise and sports science and physical therapy, and Dr. Michael Slade, assistant professor of chemistry, were two faculty mentors to Rachel. Dr. Rodd has taught some of the most difficult classes Rachel has taken here and is her undergraduate advisor. The EXSS professor took an interest in what Rachel has done and what she wants to do to keep her on track. “It has been great to have a professor who is really on top of it in helping me complete my undergraduate program in three years,” she said.

Dr. Slade guided Rachel through general chemistry and organic chemistry. “The good grades I earned in his courses resulted from Dr. Slade’s open accessibility and when I wanted to meet with him outside of class.”

The Little Extra Perks

During her tours, Rachel advises prospective students to “look into the little extra things universities offer you.” For example, there are a variety of activities on campus that are of no cost to students. Theatre performances are free, tutoring is free, and athletic events are free. “There are classes in a wide variety of things, you can make it work. The little extra perks that are not as well advertised might be your key to a successful future.”

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