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By Kaylor Jones
Professional Writing and Psychology, Honors College

One of Grand Canyon University’s most popular psychology courses is abnormal psychology (PSY-470), in which students study the patterns of mental illnesses and abnormal behaviors. Specific topics include the symptoms, diagnoses and treatment of various psychological syndromes. One mental illness that is frequently seen in popular culture is antisocial personality disorder, likely due to the potential to create a complex, timeless villain that exhibits symptoms of the psychopathic disorder.

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By Lily Cooper
Student, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dance is a language of its own and has the power to connect people all over the world. While going further with your dancing career at university is fantastic, there are numerous experiences to try that will help mold you as a dancer. One of these being studying abroad for a brief period in the summertime.

While one could do an entire semester abroad, a summer stint in another country is relatively more inexpensive, shorter and won’t derail your current graduation plans, while still giving you the experience of a lifetime.

Check out these top four reasons that every dancer should study abroad during the summer at least once.

1. See the World

Studying abroad is the perfect chance for you to see the world in a new way. If you haven’t been out of the country before, then this is the perfect opportunity to spend a little time looking at what is out there. On top of that, you also get to see how different parts of the world view education and utilize it. As a dancer, this can be especially rewarding because it will stretch your abilities and teach you unique and diverse routines.

2. Make New Connections

Connections can be made wherever you go and it isn’t just limited to the United States. When you study abroad, you have the chance to meet all kinds of people from all over the world. These connections can come in handy when you graduate and go out into the workforce and can benefit you in the long run for future opportunities. Not to mention you can make many new friends from all over the world.

3. Challenge Yourself

What is more challenging than studying for a little while in a new country? You never truly know how far you can go until you push yourself. Studying dance abroad will mold your character and grant you the tools to handle the world once you graduate. Being able to acclimate yourself in a new area will be a major skill that employers will be looking out for.

4. Life Experience

How amazing would it be to say you studied dance in the heart of Italy? Or in London? Or in Paris? The possibilities are unlimited and will give you more than just an entry in your journal.

Studying abroad will immerse you into a different culture and show you how others learn around the world. You will learn novel approaches to your art and gain exposure to new forms and styles of dance.

How Can I Study Abroad?

Grand Canyon University offers various ways to study abroad. You can go to the study abroad page or contact the office at 855-GCU-LOPE.

If you want to learn more about Grand Canyon University’s dance program within the College of Fine Arts and Production, check out our website or click the Request More Information button on this page.

By Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” – Proverbs 19:21.

It can be very difficult to figure out what you want to do in life and what your purpose is. We were all put on this earth for a reason and to make a difference. We often have a hard time finding our purpose, but God has one for each and every one of us. Here are some ways to find your purpose and to trust that the Lord has a plan for your life.

Use Your Talents to Glorify Him

Everyone is talented at something. We were all given gifts and talents that we can use to find our purpose in life and to help and inspire others. God is the one who gave you your talents, and he gave them to you for a reason. He knows the potential that you have and knows that you are capable of great things. Trust in him and let him lead you. Follow him and he will guide you to help you find your purpose.

Have Patience

God knows what he is doing. Everything happens on his timing and not our own. We have to have patience that we will find our purpose when the time is right. We cannot be upset when it doesn’t come, but rather look forward to the time that it will come and be grateful for what we have in the present. He will reward you for your patience, and the reward will be even greater than we can ever imagine.

Trust His Plan

We all have an idea of how we want our lives to turn out and what we want to do in the future, but our plans may not line up with God’s plans. We often have a difficult time trusting him because we are afraid of the unknown. We never know what he has planned for us and we are afraid that whatever it is, it will not make us happy.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Take Rejection as a Lesson and Preparation For The Future

Rejection is always painful. Whenever we fail at something or get turned down, we tend to get discouraged. We start to give up on ourselves. Instead of giving up and feeling like a failure whenever something does not go the way that you want it to, take that as a lesson to be learned. Learn from the things that do not work out and figure out what you can do differently or how you can better prepare yourself for the future. God uses every situation in our lives for good. Even when we do not realize it, he is working in our favor, everything happens for a reason, even when we have no idea what that reason is, it will always work out for the better. Trust God and what he is doing in your life. He will not disappoint.

Everything Happens In His Timing

“For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:3 ESV

God is not making you wait just for fun. He has a plan and he will see it through when the time is right. God’s timing is always perfect. We stress about things working out and constantly wonder when we will find our purpose and when things will come together, but God will bring those things to us when the time is right.

Trust in the Lord and in his timing. He will reveal his purpose for you at the right time. Do not stress. He’s got this.

Grand Canyon University is committed to following the Lord in all circumstances. If you would like to learn more about GCU’s Christian identity and heritage or would like to read more devotionals please visit our website and check out the GCU Blog.

People sometimes assume that IT is always related to working at helpdesks and fixing computers. While the helpdesk is a possible career destination for IT students, it is not the only path associated with information technology. Grand Canyon University offers multiple bachelor’s degrees in different facets of IT to allow students to make informed decisions when attempting to navigate their areas of interest.

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By Anna Faith Smith
Faculty, College of Theology

The virtues of faith and hope are essential in a Christian’s life but that that does not mean they are automatic or easy. As Christians face difficult times in their paths, they often stumble into fear, uncertainty and despair. This is not surprising or unusual because it is human nature to be fearful and timid when life is tough.

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By Dana Pionk, BSN. RN, CNEcl
Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Travel nursing is a unique opportunity to choose your own adventure. Whether you want to experience a big city like New York, the beach life in Malibu or get more connected to nature in Portland, travel nurse positions are generally available in all 50 states and even Guam!

Read below to see if travel nursing is for you!

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The days of working for one employer for an entire career are over. Today, workers bounce from job to job in search of more challenging work, more fulfillment and better compensation. This inconsistency can cause big financial troubles for businesses since it costs money to recruit, hire and train the right people. Every time an employee moves on to a new job, businesses have to spend money to replace them.

Working on building a great company culture is one way to retain employees. So is ensuring that employees feel valued and listened to. Employees want to trust and respect the people they work with. So building a great company that benefits employees can help retain the best talent. But keeping employees once you get them is not the only way to build a great team. Hosting interns is something more businesses are doing with great results.

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By Kaylor Jones
Professional Writing and Psychology, Honors College

An important part of pursuing an education, especially as an ambitious honors student, is conducting research about your desired career. Even if you already know what job you want after graduation, it is important to be able to make informed decisions about your future. Here are four ways to get started with your research.

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By Micah Lee
College of Education, Alumna

Teachers spend a lot of energy and time building relationships with their students and the parents of those students, but there are other relationships within the school building that are often overlooked and those are the relationships between teaching colleagues. While building relationships with one’s students is so important and vital to successful classroom management, eventually those students will move on to the next grade and a new teacher. Building relationships with one’s colleagues can provide advice, guidance, a listening ear that truly understands and even a good belly laugh when it is needed most!

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