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Honors Student Spotlight: Jessica Symmes

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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.

jessica-symmes“The minute I walked on the GCU campus, I fell in love. The mixture of an outstanding nursing program and an awesome dance team – both built on the foundation of faith – is a winning combination,” Symmes expressed.

Symmes’ first year with GCU has been full of firsts, starting with this past summer. Along with the GCU Dance Team, Symmes attended her first USA Dance Camp where she was able to further develop her dance skills from learning a variety of choreography styles through participating in workshops and master classes.

While at USA Dance Camp, Symmes proved that she was a standout talent when she won the Dance Star award. To achieve this award, Symmes performed through a rigorous three-round audition process with several eliminations that involved group and solo jazz combinations as well as various choreography challenges. Symmes shined and made the cut each time.

“I have enjoyed being able to express my spirit for GCU through performance,” Symmes shared. “I am so thankful I get to do what I love every day and be supported by an awesome athletic program and dedicated coaching staff.”

After GCU, Symmes plans on continuing her dancing while also working as a nurse; her biggest dream is to dance on Broadway. Before Symmes makes it big on Broadway, she’s loving and thriving in the structure and clear-cut goals that come with a busy schedule. Yet, she still manages to find time for some nightly frozen yogurt runs and karaoke with the girls (practically sisters) on Dance Team.

Jessica Symmes is an example of an exemplary student who is doing just that. Her hard work is clearly paying off, and she still remains humble and thankful to all those who have brought her to where she is now. Keep up the fantastic work, Jessica!

Grand Canyon University provides an environment where students can excel in both their academic pursuits as well as their talents. Learn more by visiting our website or contacting us using the green Request More Information button at the top of the page.

About Cathleen Daly
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Communications Major, Honors College

Cathleen Daly is from New Mexico. She is a junior majoring in communications at GCU. Attending GCU has provided so many opportunities for her to expand her horizons and pursue her passions. A few of these opportunities include serving as a resident assistant, being vice president for the International Students Club and interning for John McCain’s Senate campaign.

Cathleen has a passion for creativity, and it fuels her interests in ballet, photography, reading, blogging and going on random adventures. Working with the marketing and public relations team is a blast, and she deeply enjoys all of the learning opportunities. She loves how her job consists of expressing her creativity through creating social media content and capturing the unique stories of others. Cathleen is so thankful to the Lord for all the grace, blessings and adventures He has, and continues to, provide for her.

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