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A Friendly Face

Why did you choose Clarke?
Clarke was the first college I visited in high school. I didn't think a short visit could have such a big impact, but it did. I chose Clarke when I came back for another visit my senior year. Coincidentally I met my soon-to-be roommate and we became friends. It was just a bonus to be paired as roommates on campus because he really helped me decide that Clarke is where I wanted to continue my education.

Of the other activities you are involved with, how have they added to your college experience?
I had assumed that I made all of the friends I was going to on campus in the first few weeks. Then I attended my first alliance meeting. I was introduced to so many nice people I hadn't met yet. And even better, some of the friends I had made previously were also part of the club.

What do you enjoy about campus?
I enjoy the social aspect. Anywhere you go, you are sure to get a warm welcome. Most of the time I find myself saying hi to total strangers. I guess it just rubbed off on me.

What do you like about Dubuque?
I like the fact that it isn't hard to navigate. My family had a hard time finding campus on move-in day, but since then I have been navigating Dubuque as if I lived here my whole life. Plus, there is so much to do in Dubuque, from the warehouse district to the mall, to the movie theaters; you will always have something to do.

Do any faculty/staff members stand out? If so, why?
I have three favorite professors. Tim Boffeli helped me realize how fun and interesting a psychology class can be. Sang-In Han helped to convince me that music should be my course of study. And Ellen Gabrielleschi, is the one person on campus that understands my humor and I can really relate to her.

So far, what has been your most memorable Clarke experience?
My most memorable Clarke experience would have to be VIEW weekend even before I was a student! It was the first time I really made any Clarke friends. I met my future roommate and my future resident assistant at the scholarship weekend. Without those friends, it wouldn't be the same Clarke experience.

If you had the chance to tell a prospective student one GREAT thing about Clarke, what would it be?
There is always someone to talk to. I have had a few problems back home since I started attending Clarke, and so many people have been more than willing to help and listen. I also found some new friends in the counseling center that never fail to brighten my day.

Joshua Harbaugh

Joshua Harbaugh

YEAR: Freshman

MAJOR: Psychology and Music

Elkader, Iowa



HOBBIES: Singing and watching movies

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