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When you work hard, you should also play hard! That’s why Grand Canyon University offers a wide variety of exciting events to help students and their loved ones kick back, relax and enjoy themselves. Take a look at some of the upcoming events at GCU:

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By Breanna Alverson
Business Management Major, Colangelo College of Business

Grand Canyon University has been my home for the past three years. Coming from a small private high school with a graduating class of 56 students, I was unsure of what to expect moving onto campus my freshman year. It was strange that in just one month or two, my roommates and I stopped talking about going back to the “dorm” and instead started calling it “home.” My transition from a small high school in another state to living, learning and working at GCU was definitely made easier because of the strong Christian community!

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By Judah Esparza
Business Management Major, Colangelo College of Business

By Breanna Alverson
Business Management Major, Colangelo College of Business

Grand Canyon University’s mission is to prepare learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders. As part of our vision for the university, we strive to offer students high-quality academic programs, affordable tuition and a Christian community. These three core values are a major part of what makes GCU different:

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By Cole Bucholc
Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Strategic Educational Alliances  

As a 17-year-old, looking up from the field into the high-rising stands and bright lights of the Meadowlands (since replaced by Metlife Stadium), was a once-in-a-lifetime feeling. My high school football team had made it to the state championship game which was to be hosted at the home of my favorite NFL team – the New York Giants.

I don’t remember much about the game other than that we lost. I can’t tell you who we beat to get there, what the score was or even what school we were playing against. But I do remember the electric atmosphere and the feeling of playing the sport I loved on a stage that was far bigger than I ever imagined.

This is the same feeling that Grand Canyon University’s Strategic Educational Alliances (SEA) works to grant school bands and choirs throughout Arizona.

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By Judah Esparza
Business Management Major, Colangelo College of Business

Choosing which college you are going to go to is a very important decision that many teenagers have to make. When I was accepted into Grand Canyon University, I was still unsure of where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do with my education. I wanted to go to a college where I knew I could have fun while getting a good education, as well as being within my budget to avoid graduating in massive amounts of debt. The more I learned about the GCU experience, the faster I realized that it fit most, if not all, of my criteria. I continued looking into the university, and as I did, the higher it climbed on my list of the colleges I was seriously considering.

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By Jessica Baral
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

There are many ways that college students try to save money. One method that some students like myself use is commuting to class from home. Although there are many benefits to commuter experience, there is a chance that we commuters may feel disengaged from college life, perhaps even feel left out. To avoid this, Grand Canyon University has provided multiple amenities for their large commuter population that has made us not only feel welcome, but also made us feel at home.

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By Lionel Williams 
CCSC Program Manager, Student Development & Outreach 

There are several different views on what purpose education holds in modern society. It can be argued that schools are designed to support the healthy development of intellect, independent thinking and societal awareness.

However, there is an undeniably strong trend that has been surging worldwide, making a significant impact on American academia over approximately the last 25 years. The ever-evolving growth of industry, and its economic influence on the overall welfare of societies at an international level, has led to schools being the primary system to promote employment skills and readiness for the workplace.

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By Jennifer Johnson, EdD
Program Director, Strategic Educational Alliances

I was walking down the sidewalk on the Grand Canyon University campus, headed toward Building 26, thinking about how worried I was that our nation was losing its ability to be kind, compassionate and understanding. I knew I was fortunate to come to work each day for an organization that models our best, but nonetheless I was worried about what I witnessed in the media on an almost daily basis. I was giving myself a pep talk that everything would be okay, but I am not sure I was convincing.

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There are times throughout the year when campus falls silent. Laptops close. The library empties. Students abandon their residence halls. This is when students break away from their studies and meet up with friends to have fun, which is all part of the Grand Canyon University college experience. Below are a few of the best events of 2016, where students went crazy and enjoyed everything that’s most exciting about Lope Life

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Ever wonder what it means to be a servant leader? Grand Canyon University serves as a transformative institution that is anchored in values of leadership. From advanced leadership programs to diverse and empowering leadership styles in the classroom, an education from GCU can prepare you to become a global citizen, critical thinker, effective communicator and responsible leader. Continue reading to learn more about servant leadership and its value in today’s world:

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Grand Canyon University would like to wish you a Merry Christmas!

Christmas is a season of great joy, especially here at GCU. This holiday signifies one of the most important events in history, and we look forward to celebrating it every year. While Christmas trees, candy canes and gifts are all parts of the holiday, the real meaning of Christmas is worth so much more.

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Happy Thanksgiving, Lopes! Here at Grand Canyon University, we have a lot to be thankful for. Over the past year, we have had the opportunity to grow and continue to make an impact for Christ in the surrounding community.

To start, our campus continues to expand in Phoenix. From new classroom buildings to new student housing, from new dining options to the new soccer stadium, GCU’s campus is growing like never before! We are excited to use what we have been blessed with to honor Christ.

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In college, academics should fall as number one on a student’s list of priorities (by expectation default). But, a well-rounded college experience can lead to the greatest success and most impactful growth. Participating in extracurriculars helps create a balanced college life by providing a social outlet where students can take their mind off of academics and enjoy what they love doing most.

There is much to learn outside of the classroom, whether you play an intramural sport, perform on stage or join a club related to your major. And Grand Canyon University offers a wide range of diverse opportunities for students to get involved, discover their passions and create lifelong memories.

At GCU, we highly encourage our students to take advantage of opportunities to get involved. The following benefits emphasize the value of joining a club or organization on our campus:

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By Kellianne Holland
Early Childhood Education Major, College of Education

Here at Grand Canyon University, we understand that knowledge is power. GCU empowers students by offering individual college courses that can be taken online. Our individual courses allow for students to reach their goals and explore another area of study without compromising their already busy schedules. These individual courses provide a bridge to completing the bigger picture of a quality education, and students can enjoy the convenience and flexibility that comes with taking these courses online.

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By Kellianne Holland
Early Childhood Education Major, College of Education

You have finally got the hang of college – kind of. There may be a little room for improvement in your new life as a college student, such as not coming back into your dorm too late at night, remembering to have your key fob on you or budgeting your dining dollars.

Adjusting to college life may take some time, but there is no need to worry! Reduce this stress by getting involved on campus. At Grand Canyon University, there are many opportunities on campus to be engaged. Whether it be a school function, event, club or intramural sports team, there is always something going on. Here are some ways to get involved this year:

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Grand Canyon University is excited to welcome the new class of 2020 to campus for the 2016-17 academic year. We’re proud to stand out as Arizona’s private, premier Christian university with a growing, vibrant campus. Here students have unique opportunities to pursue their academic goals and gain rewarding college experiences. And to meet our 21st century workforce demands with prepared professionals, we are committed to providing your students, possible future GCU Lopes, with the following:

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Want to become a servant leader? With a degree from Grand Canyon University, you will build essential leadership skills and learn different leadership styles so you can pursue a purposeful career. Continue reading to learn more about how an education from GCU can be prepare you to become a servant leader in today’s world!

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