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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Do you enjoy the storytelling process of writing and yearn to write the next big TV show or movie? Do you more than just watch TV? Do you analyze the lines and movements of the actors? If so, Screenwriting may be your path. Screenwriting can be a fun and entertaining job if you have the love for it. Check out these skills every screenwriter should have by the time they write their first screenplay:

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By Allison Richmond
Professional Writing Major, Honors College

What does it really mean to be a “lope?” Does it mean you wear purple? Or go to all the games? Or shout “Lopes up!” at anyone you pass? The #AskGCU team set out to find the answer by asking students on campus what they believe it means to truly be a lope.

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By Kaylor Jones
Professional Writing and Psychology, Honors College

Nearly four hundred years ago, William Shakespeare wrote what are now considered to be the greatest plays in the English language. Although they are still studied widely by students today, including those at Grand Canyon University taking Shakespeare and the History of Drama, some find the language and messages to be complicated, confusing and at times outdated. But the more things change, the more they stay the same, and seemingly antiquated plays like “Hamlet” incorporate timeless motifs about procrastination and perfectionism that are relevant to college-aged students today. Polonius, counselor to the king and father of Hamlet’s lover Ophelia says, “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t” (II.ii.195-6).

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By Jessalyn Johnson
English Literature Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Grand Canyon University has a lot to celebrate with its transition back to its original roots of a nonprofit organization, as well as the recent decision to extend the freeze on tuition for the 11th year in a row! Tuition for the 2019-2020 school year will remain at $16,500 and students will continue to have access to private, Christian and affordable higher education.

It’s no secret that many colleges around the country raise their tuition each year. Unlike those schools, GCU has maintained their tuition rates since 2009 to keep their students as their top priority. Tuition is the same for in-state, out-of-state and international students, allowing all kinds of students to earn their degrees with GCU.

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By Ally Richmond
Professional Writing Major, Honors College

“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

When you are writing a resume, going in for an interview or even just meeting someone for the first time, you are likely to emphasize your strengths over your weaknesses. Right? You wouldn’t go into a job interview and say, “I think I would be good at this job because I procrastinate things all the time and I am never on time.” That would be ridiculous! We go into interviews confidently, and tell those meeting us for the first time all the positive things about us. It is counterintuitive to talk about our weaknesses. In fact, we usually try to hide them.

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By Kaylor Jones
Professional Writing and Psychology, Honors College

In December of 2017, we watched with pride as the first IT graduates from the College of Science, Engineering and Technology walked across the stage, diplomas in hand. Developing and maturing along with the program, our first four grads had the privilege of being the trailblazers of a new program.

Launched in August 2014, Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology saw its first graduates in Paul Rodriguez, Jake Womer, Bridgette Smith and Timothy Prescott. The four share a passion for IT and the dedication it takes to be the first of many in a newly implemented program.

Rodriguez says that one of the most rewarding parts of the program was getting to spend time with the students he shared classes with. “It’s been like me hanging out with all my friends. We’ve gotten really close,” he shared.

Smith said that being a part of a new program was a bit like being a “course developer.” Over time, the IT program became better molded to fit the industry needs and ensure the students entered the workforce as knowledgeable and well-rounded employees. The degree emphasizes labs and projects over lecture time, placing value on hands-on learning.

This experience paid off, as three of the IT students had already secured jobs in the field before graduating. The other, Womer, is studying for his Cisco Certified Network Associate certification.

Rodriguez, who works in IT security at GCU, says that GCU is producing the next thought leaders in technology through not only the hands-on experience they are gaining, but the adaptability they develop during their time at the university. Lopes definitely know how to go the extra mile, as evidenced by our four impressive IT grads setting the path for many to follow.

To learn more about the well-developed and transfer-friendly information technology program offered by Grand Canyon University’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology, visit our website or click the Request More Information button on this page.

By Sammy Alfaro
Faculty, College of Theology

The gospels record fascinating stories that document Jesus’s training of his disciples. Jesus’s approach to discipleship, however, was not the typical one-hour weekly class where a Christian instructor teaches through the content of a manual. For Jesus, life lessons were more important than mere classroom talks. On one occasion, after a long day of ministry, Jesus decided to send his disciples across the lake while he went up to the mountain to pray (Matthew 14:22-23). What seemed like another day of ministry turned out to be a great life lesson in faith. But the main lesson was not Peter’s audacious walk on the water. Jesus taught his disciples to trust in him even at the darkest times of their lives. In a way, the passage presents a parable teaching Jesus’s modern-day disciples to trust in him despite his apparent absence.

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The majority of students in an undergraduate classroom are between the ages of 18 and 24. Although these students are certainly adults, the term “adult learner” is typically applied to someone who is in their late 20s or older. Adult learners bring new opportunities to the undergraduate classroom, as younger students can learn from their more developed worldviews and life experiences. They aren’t without their challenges, as professors must find new ways of applying the curriculum in meaningful ways. If you pursue a career in higher education, you may one day find yourself facing these challenges.

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Earning a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration may lead you to any career within the administration side of healthcare. As you gain experience, proper requirements and further education if you choose, you watch your professional career advance to a healthcare administrator role. You will contribute to an effective and smooth running institution and quality care to patients. You also will have a unique opportunity to positively impact the management and company culture with your Christian values. In fact, Christ’s message of love and compassion perfectly aligns and prepares you to work on the administrative side of the healthcare industry.

Here are three ways your Christian values may influence your career in healthcare administration:

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