Business Management Major, Colangelo College of Business
Breanna Alverson is junior at Grand Canyon University, currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in marketing. In the future, she hopes to be a marketing consultant for non-profit organizations. She loves serving people and has been blessed with the incredible opportunity to work with the Spiritual Life Department on campus as a Life Leader. Originally from Boise, Idaho, Breanna enjoys the outdoors and especially appreciates Arizona’s weather. Some of her favorite memories from this year involve camping, road trips, lakes, hiking, photography and Frisbee.
Who am I and how did I get to GCU?
After being born and raised in Boise, Idaho, I have often been asked the story of how I ended up in Phoenix, at GCU. Arizona’s sunny weather and blue-sky days were definitely a strong pull for me when looking at schools. Since elementary school, I have always wanted to go to school out-of-state. I began considering schools all over the West Coast, when Arizona came into my view. After finding out about a growing private Christian school in a city that I loved and had visited before with family, I knew I wanted to check it out. After a short tour of campus, I fell in love with GCU’s mission, atmosphere and faculty. In short, I applied to one school and was accepted. I have since been enjoying GCU’s unique community and countless opportunities.
What do I enjoy most at GCU?
What I enjoy most about GCU is definitely the community. Since starting at GCU three years ago, I have been blessed with opportunities to get to know so many different people and have developed friendships that will last a lifetime. From classes to intramural sports to events on campus, there are always new people to meet and get to know. As a freshman, one of my favorite parts about living on campus at GCU was being able to walk around and inevitably run into someone that I knew or recognized. Coming from a small high school with a graduating class of 56 people, this made Grand Canyon University feel like home and gave the large grounds a small-town feeling.
Besides the opportunities to meet people, GCU has also been the perfect place for me to grow in community. The friends that I have made through my time at GCU are so valuable to me, because they constantly push, challenge and encourage me in my relationship with the Lord. Through the years, we have encountered difficult life circumstances and learned to support each other in prayer and relationship. In this way, my favorite part of attending GCU will always be taking part in the unique community that is created on campus.
What advice do I have for GCU students?
I have three pieces of advice for GCU students. First, always plan at least 10 minutes to walk to your car if you are parking in the Coulter lot. Second, do not plan on eating at any of the restaurants right after Chapel – instead wait 30 minutes for the lines to die down. Lastly, surround yourself with like-minded people who share your values. The latter is of course the most important.
It is a well-established truth that we become like those we spend our time with. In this case, choose to support and be supported in friendship by those with sincere hearts and steadfast values. In my experience, these people will not only be there for the laughs, 2 am movie nights and free GCU T-shirts, but will also be there for the struggles and hardships that you will encounter throughout college.