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Category: Honors College
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By Dom Pachuilo
Business Management Major, Honors College

“In order to know what you want to do in the future, you must get out there and try as many things as you can. As you experience new things, you will make connections you never imagined and it may open doors to opportunities you never expected.” (GCU Honors Student Kara Morrow)

Grand Canyon University honors student and senior Kara Morrow is an experience enthusiast – and this summer she took the next footstep in furthering her professional career. She has a plethora of avenues to pursue after college and, with this in mind, she went on an adventure to discover her true passion within her field of study as a history major. Her journey began in Minneapolis at the Hennepin History Museum.

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By Dom Pachuilo
Business Management Major, Honors College

“I believe everyone can be an expert at a subject – they just need a little push – and I think I have some knowledge to offer other students that can guide them into becoming their best in their academic journeys.” (GCU Honors Student Denisse Delos Santos)

Denisse Delos Santos, a junior electrical engineering major from the Philippines, is paving a path to follow. Not only is Denisse a volunteer for the Market on the Move project through the 3000 Club, but she is also the engineering lead at the GCU Lounge.

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By Dom Pachuilo
Business Management Major, Honors College

I am not a person of spontaneity, but I desire to be and I knew this was my chance to change my mindset. Life is an adventure. We all are given beginning and end dates that we cannot control, but we can control our dash. This experience, little did I know, would spark a new light inside my soul.

My chance to begin my journey of becoming spontaneous began spontaneously. During a TEDxGrandCanyonUniversity meeting, a coworker of mine asked me, “Want to go backpacking in Europe?” My initial response, in my mind, was no, but for some peculiar reason I said, “Sure, why not?”

Thus began my anxiety.

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By Gabriela Marrama
Advertising and Public Relations Major, Honors College

Take your passions and pursue them with everything you have. For Grand Canyon University Honors College students Kara Sutton and Matthew Calderwood, they found their place right at home on the GCU Speech and Debate Team.

Sutton, a senior studying English for secondary education, has been a member of the debate team since her freshman year at GCU. Debate has always been a large part of Sutton’s life and she competed on the homeschool speech and debate team for five years before coming to college.

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

What do Honors College engineers do in their free time? They take on more projects! One of these projects is GC-49, GCU’s own replicas of BB-8™ from Star Wars. Our idea was to design, build, fabricate and paint four full-sized BB-8™-style robots for future use in STEM workshops and high school visits to promote the engineering department.

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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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