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Category: Honors College
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By S. Jordan Montgomery
Electrical Engineering Major, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

It’s your first year of college. You don’t have a lot of money, but what you do have is a running list of advice. Your first year of college can be difficult, especially when adding honors into the mix! With your soon-to-be all-nighters and gallons of coffee a day, here is some advice from the student worker staff here at the Honors College to help you prepare for freshman year:

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By Cathleen Daly
Communications Major, Honors College 

When you’re a kid, living in a place like Disneyland sounds like the ultimate dream. Now you’re in college and living in Disneyland probably sounds just as cool – ­or maybe even cooler?

When we last spoke with GCU honors students Amy Ortiz and Kendra Ornoski, they had just found out about their acceptance to attend the Disney College program where they would not only have the chance to work at Disneyland, but to also eat, sleep, live and breathe the Disneyland culture that they so loved. Both of these students came back to share with the Honors College their incredible experiences and why you should be a part of this immersive experience too. 

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By Chelsea Evans
Marketing Major, Honors College

So often, we become sporadically and momentarily inspired to do something great. Oftentimes, this sporadic inspiration remains just that- a powerful, but short, moment in which action does not follow. What if instead of this fleeting inspiration, we were able to recognize God’s calling for us in that moment? Perhaps, this “inspiration” is a significant piece in the puzzle in God’s plan for us and He is steering us in the direction of fulfilling that. And what happens when courage meets this conviction?

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By Brianna Samonte
Biology Pre-Medicine Major, Honors College

Last summer, I had the amazing opportunity to go on a vocational mission trip to Jarbacoa, Dominican Republic with eight other honors students.

I was assigned to the healthcare site due to my interest in pursuing medicine. I had the opportunity to work alongside Fernando (MD, OBGYN), Rachel (PA), Katie (RN) and five other college students. When I signed up for this ministry, I figured we would be shadowing professionals in a hospital, observing procedures and performing basic tasks such as checking vital signs.

Boy was I wrong.

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By Gabriela Marrama
Advertising and Public Relations Major, Honors College

Sometimes, the best nights are the ones spent with friends. At Grand Canyon University, we know how important it is to build a strong community and have a great time, all while bringing glory to God. GCU intramurals offer a variety of sports for students to choose from – and the best part is that they are free!

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By Gabriela Marrama
Advertising and Public Relations Major, Honors College

Change can be scary. GCU honors student and senior Clarissa Galaviz can attest to that. She will be graduating in April 2017 with a dual degree in communications and digital film with an emphasis in production. However, when it came to choosing a university, Galaviz took a chance on a whole new country when she moved to the U.S. in August 2012 from a city in Sinaloa, Mexico called Culiacan.

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By Chelsea Evans
Marketing Major, Honors College

Training for the long-awaited soccer tryouts. Planning a family road trip to the Grand Canyon. Organizing your friend’s surprise party. Completing that dreadful CLC project that probably won’t be done until 11:57 pm on Sunday. Alright, all of these sound like a lot of work, but what do they have in common? Simply put, they all fall into the category labeled, “projects.”

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By Cathleen Daly
Communications Major, Honors College

Honors faculty member Jen Santos, PhD, received her doctorate in English from Arizona State University. She is a published writer who has also worked in the areas of technical writing and conducting research. She has taught a wide variety of English-related courses at the college level for over 10 years. She is currently a full-time English faculty member for the Honors College at Grand Canyon University.

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By Cathleen Daly
Communications Major, Honors College

Balance is a skill that is needed both on and off the dance floor for GCU freshman, nursing major, Dance Team member and honors student, Jessica Symmes.

“If busy is good and really busy is better, dance team and honors are a great combination!” Symmes said enthusiastically.

Symmes, a Phoenix resident, began dancing at the age of two, and by age eight she was dancing competitively. GCU was an easy choice for Symmes because of the opportunity it provided for her to grow in her career, faith and dance aspirations.

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By Cathleen Daly
Communications Major, Honors College

Originally from Zhitomir, Ukraine, Anna Cofrancesco is a young, determined woman of many interests, talents and dreams. She now resides in Phoenix with her family, and is currently a junior attending Grand Canyon University, majoring in psychology. She has been an honors student in the GCU Honors College since its humble beginnings and has been proud to watch it flourish throughout her three years at GCU.

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By Chelsea Evans
Marketing Major, Honors College

Scenario: It’s 10:08 pm on a Sunday night. Your progress on the 1,800-word research paper barely takes up half a page and you still don’t know how to correctly format your paper or what APA even stands for. And to make matters worse? Your last meal was Qdoba at noon.

Sound familiar? Jordan Montgomery, a freshman electrical engineering major, and Anthony Novoa, a freshman computer science major, teamed up to design a resolution to this common problem. Their idea provides a service exclusive to Grand Canyon University students and faculty in which “runners” deliver food directly to the user’s dorm or workplace from any location on campus.

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By S. Jordan Montgomery
Engineering Major, Honors College

Did you know? The GCU Honors College offers exclusive trips to go abroad.

Maybe you are thinking, “I can’t go – none of my friends will be going.”

Take advice from honors student Michele Weidert, a junior earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Physician Assistant: “I didn’t know anybody going on the trip going into it, so I met people at the meetings we had. I really wanted to travel and go to Europe for the longest time. It seemed like a really good idea to go with people at my school who were my age.”

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By Emily Ghena
Biology Major,  Honors College

If you had an opportunity to thrust your future career forward, wouldn’t you take it in a heartbeat? If you were given the chance to spend two days in one of the most beautiful cities in the country, wouldn’t you grab it while you can? If you had been blessed enough to speak with and learn from professionals that you aspire to be like, wouldn’t you jump at the chance?

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By S. Jordan Montgomery
Engineering Major, Honors College

“Why should I be interested in the Honors College at GCU?”

Many people ask me this question since I am in Grand Canyon University’s Honors College. I usually respond with a list of events hosted by the Honors College, including PAC Boot Camp, Project Management Fellowship, Future Focus Fridays and peer mentoring. After this, a confused face usually forms; I respond by slowing down and detailing out these events for them.

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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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