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Category: Honors College
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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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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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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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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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By Chelsea Evans
Marketing Major, Honors College

Home is where the heart is.

It is an idiom we have grown up hearing, as cliché as it may or may not sound. Although most come from states scattered across the country, students have been able to find home right here in Phoenix.

No matter where one ends up, home will always be with the people they love most, in the place that they love most.

And, of course, staying in honors housing, what is there not to love?

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By Cinthia Monge
Marketing Major, Colangelo College of Business

In spring 2015, Grand Canyon University Honors College business students involved with Colangelo Scholars joined Elissa Torres, PhD, in developing an economic impact study in association with a nonprofit healthcare corporation. This was a golden research opportunity not commonly offered to college professors, let alone college students.

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By Chelsea Evans
Marketing Major, Honors College

Over the course of several weeks, a small group of Grand Canyon University business majors were tasked to go behind the scenes of a company to learn about all aspects of the business, picking apart every single number, claim and detail they could find.

In the end, these teams presented their verdict to a room full of local investors. In this process, the student Due Diligence teams were used to create a bridge between investors and entrepreneurs, while giving students real-world experience.

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By Chelsea Evans
Marketing Major, Honors College

Imagine a middle-aged man walking down the busy morning streets, wearing a fitted charcoal grey suit. He is carrying a briefcase stuffed with papers and preparing to spend the rest of his day in a cubicle staring mindlessly at a computer.

Sounds like the stereotypical job, does it not? There is a reason this vision is familiar. It seems that many adults nowadays have found themselves stuck in the daily grind of “work.”

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By Cathleen Daly
Communications Major, Honors College

Calli Surridge is a high-energy, Christ-loving senior in Grand Canyon University’s Honors College, majoring in sociology. She plans on continuing her education through obtaining certification in occupational therapy here in Arizona. Her dream is to be a pediatric occupational therapist and pursue medical opportunities in missions once she becomes established in her career.

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By Cathleen Daly
Communications Major, Honors College  

It is the happiest place on Earth – Disneyland!

It is a dream to visit, but can you imagine having the opportunity to spend a whole eight months living at the park? This dream came true for Grand Canyon University Honors College students Amy Ortiz and Kendra Ornoski.

The Disney College program is a highly competitive program for college students. They are provided with the opportunity to live, learn and work at the Disney Parks through participating in exclusive mentorship opportunities, college classes and career workshops.

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