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By Emmett Rogers
Student, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

During my time in the BS in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Medicine program at GCU, I wanted to be as involved as I possibly could while still being able to focus on my studies. However, I did not join any clubs throughout college, preferring to get involved with a research group instead. I wanted to have research experience because it helps with self-learning and forces you to think further into a specific topic.

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

 “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105

This morning I dragged myself out of bed fifteen minutes earlier than usual, did a workout from YouTube in my dorm room, made gingerbread spiced coffee from Trader Joes, drank a protein smoothie with my nose plugged and repeated the mantra “it’s good for you” over and over in my head (okay it actually wasn’t that bad. I just like to be dramatic) and then sat down and did a Bible study. The chapter I was reading was a little longer than normal and I was taking my time, thus resulting in me sitting on the couch, balancing a cup of coffee on one knee and my Bible on the other at 8:20 am, still in my pajamas. Did I mention I had to leave for work at 8:30 am?

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Jeff Bezos, Thomas Edison and Jerry Seinfeld might not have a whole lot in common, but would it surprise you to learn that they all failed before they achieved success? If you ask any successful person in any industry to discuss his or her previous failures, you’d probably be in for a long conversation. Everyone fails—it’s an inevitable fact of life. Failure itself doesn’t matter so much as how you respond to failure. Expect your start-up venture to stumble—because it inevitably will—and make a plan for getting back on your feet. This is a skill the GCU students earning their Doctorate of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Marketing learn throughout their coursework.

Give yourself a pep talk

All humans engage in self-talk—that inner monologue that everyone is grateful no one else can hear. Lock yourself in a dark room, away from hearing distance of others, and verbalize your self-talk. What you tell yourself doesn’t necessarily matter, as long as it’s positive, encouraging and you believe it. Remind yourself that Vincent van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime, Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team and Sir James Dyson went through 5,126 failed prototypes in 15 years before creating a multibillion-dollar vacuum. Who’s to say you’re not the next Sir James Dyson or Mark Zuckerberg?

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By Numa Gomez
Faculty, College of Theology

Many believe that Apologetics is a waste of time because no one has ever made a decision to follow Christ because of apologetics. As one who teaches worldview and apologetics, I do agree that not many have been converted through apologetics, I would also argue that apologetics is not the foundation for which one is won over to Christ, only the Gospel can change the human heart and transform the being into what Christ demands. So why do Christian Apologetics?

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On November 7, the Future Health Care Administrators Club (FHCA) hosted an event where healthcare executives from Bandera Healthcare, a subsidiary of Ensign Group came to Grand Canyon University to speak about their experiences working in long-term care. One fact about Ensign’s portfolio is that it has 226 healthcare facilities, 20 hospice agencies, 18 home health agencies and three home care businesses in California, Arizona, Texas, Washington, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Nebraska, Oregon, Wisconsin, Kansas and South Carolina. However, the speakers that came to the event were executives from all around Arizona cities such as Dessert Blossom and Health Rehab, Lake Pleasant Post-Acute Rehabilitation, Dessert Terrace Healthcare Center, Bella Vita Health & Rehabilitation Center and Horizon Post-Acute and Rehabilitation Center.

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While I am not quite where I want to be just yet, in hindsight I would say I spent my undergrad at GCU with four main things in mind that helped me get to where I am today: purpose, priorities, self-discipline and relationships.

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Recently Grand Canyon University student, John Stacey was the first recipient of the Youth Leadership Award from the Cook Native American Ministries Foundation. He was honored at the Cook Native American Ministries Appreciation and Leadership Banquet on January 11, 2019.

Check out more about the foundation and John Stacey below!

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By Ally Richmond
Professional Writing Major, Honors College

GCU students are back from winter break and they are hungry. Luckily, Grand Canyon University’s campus is full of great places to eat, so the #AskGCU team set out to see what students think is the best place to get breakfast. There were lots of opinions and no clear winner. In fact, it seemed more like a five-way tie. Nevertheless, let’s take a look at which places topped the list.

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Not too long ago, it was difficult to make a living as a professional writer. Authors had to query agents or publishers to get their work seen. Commercial writing was done with marketing and advertising professionals. And newspapers and magazines had dedicated staff to write articles. Beyond those jobs, writers might have gotten a freelance gig here or there as a ghostwriter for CEOs and politicians.

However, the internet changed all that. Publishing became a whole new industry thanks to the quick, easy and constant access to news and information. Now, just about every industry employs writers in some capacity, whether it is to do web copywriting, in-depth reporting, content development or storytelling for brand development. Self-published authors have changed how books are written and distributed. Now, quality writers are in demand as businesses continue to develop their online presence and meet their customers where they spend time.

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