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By Breanna Alverson
Colangelo College of Business Alumna

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)

It seems like so long ago that I first started college. As a bright and hopeful freshman, I came in with the desire to get an education, graduate and then start my life. Somewhere along the way, though, college became less of a stepping stone and instead became my life. Before I knew it, I had a family of friends, a job, a church, a favorite restaurant, a GCU mug and a never-ending schedule of assignments to keep me busy. Soon patterns became routines and Grand Canyon University morphed from just another university into my home.

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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Christmas is right around the corner. For the average college student, that means getting to go home with the family and enjoy a nice three weeks of break. It also means buying Christmas gifts for friends and family with money that we don’t have. To make your holiday shopping easier, we have compiled a list of college budget Christmas gifts to get that your loved ones will adore!

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By Jessalyn Johnson
English Literature Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Grand Canyon University’s Ethington Theatre just closed its third production of the season, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” over the Thanksgiving break. As the College of Fine Arts and Production community begins to prepare for the first show of the spring semester, “Major Barbara,” take a look at the behind-the-scenes thoughts from the cast of this Peanuts musical.

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By Breanna Alverson
Business Administration Major, Colangelo College of Business

As a millennial who barely made the cut off in 1996, I constantly find myself deciding whether or not I want to be counted with my generation. However, after working all summer in an office with coworkers at least 10 years older (or more often my parents’ ages), I suppose I will concede and succumb to the stereotypes assumed of my age.

First and foremost, as a millennial, I attach “ing” to many nouns in an attempt to make them verbs and communicate with my generation. We commonly insert words like texting, emailing, lifing and, my personal favorite, adulting, into our daily conversations. Trust me, after living on a college campus for the past three years, I am well acquainted with the language of my peers.

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The rumors are true: You’ll live off Ramen in college – that is unless you learn to cook.

Cooking for the first time by yourself can be both exciting and scary. I did manage to cook in my apartment for the first time and it was a blast. I decided to make something for dinner that I knew wouldn’t be too difficult: spaghetti squash. Plus, I’ve seen my parents make this so many times. Spaghetti squash is called spaghetti because the insides of a squash look like angel hair pasta. This alternative is not only healthier, but also cheaper! As a college student, inexpensive food and ingredients are an important factor when shopping.

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By Breanna Alverson
Senior, Colangelo College of Business

Cue Willie Nelson singing “On the Road Again” one more time!

Some of my richest memories at Grand Canyon University have been traveling with my friends, exploring all that Arizona and the surrounding states have to offer. During my first two years at GCU, my friends and I spent most of our time hanging out and enjoying campus, but by the last two years, we began to spread our wings and adventure off campus. In our travels, I not only discovered new sites, but also discovered the absolute joy of community.

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By Jessalyn Johnson
English Literature Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the people you love, spending time together and cherishing the memories you have shared. For many out-of-state college students, it can be difficult to go home for the holiday to spend it with your family. For students staying in Arizona for Thanksgiving, while it’s easy to miss the familiarity of having a nice Thanksgiving meal with your friends and family back in your home state, you can still have a great holiday with your GCU family here in Arizona!

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By Tatum Sorrelman
Business Management Major, Colangelo College of Business

Every Monday students can start the week with inspiration and positivity by attending Grand Canyon University’s special Chapel service. We gather to worship God and hear a strong message from a speaker. These different guests speak every Monday, so there is always a new and interesting topic to learn and think about. Sometimes we have speakers from right here in Arizona who are pastors of churches around the area. But we also have speakers who come from out-of-state. They’re usually involved in an activity that makes a difference, like Young Life, and share stories as part of their message in their own unique way. Welcoming speakers from all over is a great way to diversify Chapel, making it new and exciting.

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By Tatum Sorrelman
Business Management Major, Colangelo College of Business

When I think of fall and Halloween, I think about how much I love pumpkins and everything pumpkin spice. That’s why I love to visit pumpkin patches to get into the spirit of fall and excited for Thanksgiving.

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By Judah Esparza
Business Management and Marketing Major, Colangelo College of Business

Do you ever wish that you could spend a day or two on a college campus to figure out what college life would be like there? Grand Canyon University offers Discover GCU, where you can experience two days on our beautiful campus, including an overnight stay in one of our dorms, for free!

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By Judah Esparza
Business Management and Marketing Major, Colangelo College of Business

Halloween is here! Since it’s on a Tuesday this year, college students may be struggling to find plans during the week in between classes and homework. Fortunately, there are eateries that offer Halloween food deals and discounts that college students can take advantage of. Get off campus and spend some time with friends eating food that is a pleasant change from what you are used to! After all, what college student doesn’t love cheap or free food?

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By Tatum Sorrelman
Business Management Major, Colangelo College of Business

Life in the GCU apartments is even better than I anticipated! For those of you who don’t know, GCU has several different living options. Students can live in dorms in which four to six students share two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a communal living area. Students also have the option to live in an apartment, like I do, which offers more privacy. I have my own room, which means I don’t have to worry about disturbing a roommate and I can decorate any way I like. One of the things I love most is being able to make up my own sleeping schedule!

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By Tatum Sorrelman
Business Management Major, Colangelo College of Business

I recently had the opportunity to walk in Phoenix Fashion Week. One of my best friends works for them and she got me involved. Their team wanted people who have established social media platforms to help get the word out about all that Phoenix Fashion Week does to support breast cancer, so they chose me! It was a blessing to be able to walk in the show among survivors and represent GCU!

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By Breanna Alverson
Business Administration Major, Colangelo College of Business

By my sophomore year at Grand Canyon University’s main campus in Phoenix, most of us students had fondly dubbed the school “Grand Construction University.” As a senior now looking back, I see many different memories each framed essentially by a different campus as the setting and landscape have changed so much during my time at GCU. But it is in looking back that I get even more excited for where GCU is headed and will go in the years when I’m gone.

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By Tatum Sorrelman
Business Management Major, Colangelo College of Business

Graduating college early has always been something that I had planned on doing since I was a high school student. I am a part of a family of five and I have two younger siblings who are not in college yet. Because of this, I knew that I wanted to graduate college early so that I could save money. So, I took college classes in high school. This can be done in a variety of ways and I actually accomplished this task in more ways than one.

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