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Category: Honors College
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By Luke Amargo
Program Manager, Honors College

“Until we embrace our mutual brokenness, our work with low-income people is likely to do more harm than good.” (Steve Corbett, “When Helping Hurts”)

Grand Canyon University honors students got to experience a unique cultural paradigm in the Dominican Republic, unrivaled by most nations, with lively and kind people. Jarabacoa’s lush landscapes are constantly assailed by torrential rain, humid climate and the liveliest of people.

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By Gabriela Marrama
Advertising and Public Relations Major, Honors College

They say life isn’t about the amount of breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away. This summer, 45 Grand Canyon University Honors College students traveled abroad on a European excursion that they would never forget. From Phoenix to New York and New York to Madrid, there was no turning back as they said bye to America and hola to Spain. With France and Italy also on the itinerary, these honors students were in full tourist mode as they were about to embark on the trip of a lifetime.

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By Kara Morrow
History Major, Honors College

Honors alum Chelsea Evans has learned to never underestimate the power of connections and involvement. Through what she learned at the Honors College at Grand Canyon University and the opportunities she took advantage of, she received the job of director of social marketing and brand communications at WIDSIX Digital Advertising and Marketing in Scottsdale, Arizona before graduation.

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By Cathleen Daly
Communications Major, Honors College

If you had told me my freshman year at Grand Canyon University that I would have a passion for politics, I probably would have said something along the lines of, “You’re funny. The only things I know about politics are some of the names of past presidents and who the current President of the United States is.”

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By Josh McGuire
 Finance Major, Honors College 

Rachael Wecker a junior at Grand Canyon University ventured into an internship with ON Semiconductor after a tour of the corporate facility organized by the Honors College. She was appreciative of the help to land the role, but that wasn’t the hard part.

“There’s a large learning curve with data and analytics – so many things that I’ve learned in the field that you don’t learn in school,” she said. “There are certainly aspects of my education that I have used throughout my internship, but there are so many more things on the job.”

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By S. Jordan Montgomery 

Electrical Engineering Major, Honors College

Companies are always looking for bright, young students excited to learn during their internship program. Honors student Rachel Robinson is one of these individuals. Robinson is an active member of the Honors College, majoring in sociology with a minor in psychology, and fast tracked to graduate in three and a half years. During her summer break, Robinson decided to take her education to the next level and participated in an internship with Focus on the Family in Colorado.

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By S. Jordan Montgomery
Electrical Engineering Major, Honors College

By Gabriela Marrama
Advertising and Public Relations Major, Honors College

“I hope all of you have big dreams and goals for what you hope to accomplish someday. And if those dreams don’t scare you a little, you’re probably not dreaming big enough.”

Brittany Holen, an Honors College alumna, had the opportunity to be the first ever honors alumni speaker at the 3rd annual Honors College Banquet. Holen eloquently put into words the drive and determination that all Honors College students experience when chasing their dreams.

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By Luke Amargo
Program Manager, Honors College

“Often in actual life, and not infrequently in the myths and popular tales, we encounter the dull case of the call unanswered; for it is always possible to turn the ear to other interests.” (Joseph Campbell)

I flipped through my design work in a crudely crafted slideshow, wireframes quickly sketched out on a portfolio pad. I was in Tempe and discussing our app “flow.” One of our app consultants reminded us constantly, “What’s the true story of when the user will use the app? Walk me through it.” Repetitive, but necessary. We heard criticism of our app – our focus warped away from users, whether it was lacking a call to action or a clear flow from getting from point A to Z, let alone point B.

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By Luke Amargo
Program Manager, Honors College

“I am often asked the question, ‘What does it feel like to start your own company?’ I often answer: ‘It feels like you’re jumping off a cliff and building an airplane on the way down.’” (Derrick Fung)

A friend and I sat in a business pitch session at the Colangelo College of Business at Grand Canyon University. We listened to impassioned students blazing forward with their ideas, pitching to Timothy Kelley, a well-respected GCU business professor who was an entrepreneur, Angel investor and speaking aficionado. I tapped Josh on the shoulder and said, “We can do this – even better.” If I knew what a self-righteous and naïve that statement was, I may have said something different.

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By Sean Thomason
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major, Honors College

The work of an ambitious individual with something to prove is a precious commodity that shapes and defines a professional landscape. Acting as a catalyst, the work and efficiency of those interacting with the individual will be amplified. From these beds of communal improvement, it is all too common for well-oiled, productive environments to be established. However, the art of harnessing this resource is not a matter of influence or superiority, but one of solidarity and cooperation, a point easily forgotten by overzealous leaders.

Grand Canyon University’s Honors College exemplifies these principles in every facet of leadership and has thus been able to establish an ever-growing community of student leaders with designs on creating and reshaping vital components of campus organizations.

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By Kara Morrow
History Major, Honors College

The Alpha Chi National College Honor Society is the most competitive and rigorous honors society at Grand Canyon University. Alpha Chi members are eligible for induction by invitation if they are in the top 10% of their college, have at least a 3.5 GPA and have completed at least 60 college credits. This includes all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students actively enrolled at GCU. Though the GPA minimum is a 3.5, most GCU inductees have above a 3.9 GPA.

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Bianca Boling

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

You can’t have any expectations walking into a home with someone who suffers from serious mental illness, a mood disorder or substance abuse. Bianca Boling, a senior psychology major and honors student, is interning for The Link Department of Southwest Behavioral and Health Services where she shadows once a week with case workers managing individuals with these illnesses every day. “I am exposed to different cultures and people that come from all different backgrounds,” Boling explained, referring to a few particular encounters she’s had while in the field. Four stood out as insights into the power of caring, broken families, the opportunity to de-escalate and the world of behavioral psychology.

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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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Denisse Santos

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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