She loved films, particularly musicals, and was an avid cinema goer. Shortly before leaving her own time, she went to see the film Calamity Jane with her best friend Kate five times and later purchased the LP. She identified "Just Blew in from the Windy City" as her favourite song.
Like the others, she had trouble adapting to this new world at first. She missed her parents, Kate and her dog. Emma also briefly believed she would need to find a husband now that she was stranded in 2007 due to 1950s society she came from; later learning partnerships were no longer a requirement for a decent public image.
She was shocked to discover that sexual attitudes were more relaxed; she had been expecting to just have a kiss and a cuddle with a young man whom she had met at a party, but he in fact wanted more. Since Emma couldn't judge the intentions of 21st century men well, she decided to stick one last 1950s belief; wait until marriage.
Emma adapted to her new life better than the other two. She was staying with Gwen Cooper and told Rhys Williams that she was her cousin. However, Rhys discovered she was not Gwen's cousin. She found a job as a shop assistant in London. Despite protesting at first, Gwen let her go to lead her own life, accepting Emma's reasoning that she had to leave now or she'd never be able to go. She finally left Cardiff on a coach at Tocynnau coach station on 24 December, starting work on the 27th. (TV: Out of Time)