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Category: Honors College
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By Gabriela Marrama
Advertising and Public Relations Major, Honors College

Every spring, the Honors College hosts an annual symposium exclusive to honors students. The symposium provides honors students with an opportunity to work with fellow honors students and a faculty member toward a common project, with the chance to earn scholarship money. To start out, freshman honors students cover the topic ethics and global impact followed by service sophomore year, leadership junior year and finally research senior year.

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GCU honors students

By S. Jordan Montgomery
Engineering Major, Honors College

How do I prepare for Grand Canyon University’s Honors College? How do I set myself apart from other high school students? What do I need to achieve to receive acceptance into the Honors College?

These might be some of the questions you are asking if you wish to join the Honors College at GCU.

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By Josh McGuire
Finance, Entrepreneurship and Christian Studies Major, Honors College

At the beginning of the fall semester, the Grand Canyon University Honors College jump-started the new academic year with a packed attendance for its orientation. What stood out the most was an incoming class of 500+ freshman piling in, snatching brand new Honors College T-shirts and mingling in a vibrant atmosphere of anticipation.

The event was a testament to what the Honors College has been doing this year. The formal announcement of the new Honors College Dean Antoinette Farmer, DHEd, and Assistant Dean Breanna Naegeli, was a focal point, but there were many highlights including a speech by GCU President Brian Mueller sharing his vision for honors students.

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AIM Talk Show cast

By Gabriela Marrama
Advertising and Public Relations Major, Honors College

“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.” (Psalm 127:4)

Founded on Psalm 127:4, AIM Talk Show is a way for Grand Canyon University honors student Cathleen Daly to share her opinions on today’s controversial topics. GCU student Tyler Franks started the talk show this past summer in New Mexico with four of his friends, including Daly. AIM provided an outlet for the five college students to share their faith for the public to hear.

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By S. Jordan Montgomery
Engineering Major, Honors College

Grand Canyon University has been inspiring students who are willing to take the lead and create amazing things. Some of these students, junior Josh McGuire and freshman Anthony Novoa, are exceeding the standards with their app designs. Phoenix Mobile Festival held their annual festival this year at GCU. Clairvoyant, who sponsored the festival, added an interesting opportunity to the conference – an application competition exclusively for GCU students.

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graduation 2016

By Kara Morrow
History Major, Honors College 

As 2016 comes to an end and seniors take their leave, we could not let them go without asking them to impart some graduation words of wisdom. Both Brenda Lara and Melissa Valdez have grown through their experiences at Grand Canyon University and in the Honors College, and they are following what they are passionate about into the future.

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Cheerful female college students with books in the park

By Gabriela Marrama
Advertising and Public Relations Major, Honors College

It’s all about balance.

Choosing to be actively involved at your university is something to be proud of and it is important to pour back into the community in which you belong, but attempting to juggle school work, a job, extracurricular activities and a social life can be a daunting task. In order to attempt this level of involvement and enjoy living a balanced life, it is important to keep in mind a few crucial steps:

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By S. Jordan Montgomery
Engineering Major, Honors College

There is a misconception that professors are neither engaging nor do they provide real-world experiences. However, that is not true for Val Martinez, PhD, who is known to his students as “Dr. Val” and teaches government courses and UNV-106HN: A Ripple in the Pond: From Idea to Impact, here at Grand Canyon University.

As he began his first year in college at Indiana University, there was a student deferment, which meant that individuals could not be drafted if enrolled in 12 credits per semester. But Dr. Val was not enrolled in 12 hours and, as a result, he was drafted into the United States Army.

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samuel

By S. Jordan Montgomery
Engineering Major, Honors College

Have you ever wondered what God has planned for your life? Most students on the Grand Canyon University campus have probably asked themselves this question at least once, if not more.

What is His plan for me?

Where does God want me to go?

What does He want me to do?

Many of us are like blind mice running around stressing out over what to do with our lives, when all it takes to find the answer is to listen and look at what abilities God has given us.

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By Kara Morrow
History Major, Honors College

Many people around the world must live under the control of rulers that they had no power to elect. They have no rights when it comes to their government. Here in America, we are blessed with the privilege of electing both local and national government officials, but that privilege is often neglected, misused or unappreciated.

We can begin voting at the age of 18, and now as college students, we have the perfect opportunity to start getting involved in the political sphere and begin playing our role in the democratic process. Honors student Larsa Rasho has done just that during this semester by joining the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, in order to appreciate the freedoms she has and not take them for granted.

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Manuel Sobol

By Cathleen Daly
Communications Major, Honors College

A strong work ethic, a humble attitude and a mind full ideas, backed by a character to take the initiative to turn dreams into reality. These are just a few of the qualities that make up honors student and mechanical engineering major, Manuel Sobol.

Sobol, a San Diego, CA native and a well-spoken individual, is an outstanding example of a student whose hard work and focus have helped him develop an impact-leaving mindset here at Grand Canyon University.

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By Josh McGuire
 Finance Major, Honors College 

The Honors College is all about putting people in the center of a community that engages your mind to its full potential. I cannot think of a better way to describe the last few months as I along with six others have journeyed to create what we call the Airbnb of self-storage. If you followed the Canyon Challenge you may have seen our name pop up here and there, but I am here to give you an inside look at Storage Together and what it is like founding a company.

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By Kara Sutton
English Major, Honors College

As Honors College students, we may be tempted to think that we are defined by our program. However, I have recently been exploring the idea that it is completely the opposite. What if we, as students, define the honors program?

The Honors College is designed so that we can participate in higher-level courses that interrogate deeper issues. We are able to focus on ethics, service, leadership and research in the yearly symposiums. We are given resources beyond just these classes, however, to utilize and make the most of our time in the Honors College.

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By Cathleen Daly
Communications Major, Honors College

Stay focused. Stay motivated. Get involved.

It’s that time of year again. Classes are in full swing, summer nostalgia may be setting in and distracting you from finding focus and staying motivated this semester. Whether you are a new or returning student, finding the determination to take on everything that this new school year has for you can quite often become a challenge.

At the Honors College, we want you to be able to get into (or back into) the groove of your schedule by providing many resources and opportunities to help you get involved and get connected with one another. Here are a few tips on how to stay focused and motivated this year:

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symposium-spotlight

By Josh McGuire
 Finance Major, Honors College 

As an Honors College student, the annual Spring Honors Symposium is constantly on the back of your mind. For some, it takes over your life for two months between two Saturdays. For overachievers, they feel carefree up until a solid 24 hours before the symposium presentations begin. Personally, I started thinking about my 2016 symposium project in November 2015.

Catherine Michaels, Marshall Mclean, Jonah Ybarra, Scot Madison Quiggle and I embarked on creating what we originally called Youthful Opportunity Lived Out (YOLO) to serve underprivileged youth in Phoenix. After nine months of ideation, development and fundraising (among other things), the project is now called the Operation Angel Whings Youth Program, backed fully by the local nonprofit Operation Angel Whings (OAW). It has been an interesting journey – one to remember and share.

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student club

By Cathleen Daly
Communications Major, Honors College

Starting a club on campus is no small feat: It takes a significant amount of time to plan, advertise and maintain a club. GCU Honors College student Genesis Cortez, a healthcare administration major and Spanish minor, was determined to make her dream of a healthcare administration club a reality.

Cortez, who was raised in Yuma County, Arizona, had experience working as an intern at a healthcare facility where she lives. Through this opportunity, she had the chance to job shadow the CEO and the office manager, where she learned skills that she was able to take into her management and leading of her new club. After she graduates, she plans on going back to Yuma to work for a nonprofit organization or healthcare facility.

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By Cathleen Daly
Communications Major, Honors College

Grand Canyon University’s Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA) is an elite student club on campus that provides the perfect mix of career advancement, leadership skills and community service for medical majors.

HOSA provides unique opportunities to serve others, gain valuable career skills and enjoy a vibrant community of hardworking, goal-oriented students. A few of the many opportunities include hearing guest speakers from various medical fields and attending lab institute tours, resume-writing workshops and public service opportunities.

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Honors Missions

By Emily Ghena
Biology Major,  Honors College

The Grand Canyon University Honors College mission trip drew our team closer as we served the native people of the Dominican Republic. Together, our team was the hands and feet of Jesus as we worked with the Student International Missions Organization to make an impact for Christ in the city of Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic.

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