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Advice for Incoming GCU Freshmen


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

Starting college can be a very difficult and stressful time. You are living on your own for the first time and figuring life out as you go. Here is some advice to incoming freshmen at Grand Canyon University to make your first year of college a bit easier.

Get Involved

Put yourself out there, meet new people and make new friends. Go to events and join clubs. Do whatever you can to get involved in the GCU community. Getting involved will make your time at GCU much more enjoyable and you will make lifelong friends in the process.

Use Your Dining Dollars Wisely

It is so easy to spend as many dining dollars as you want in the beginning of the year. Your student ID is basically a debit card that you can use for any food on campus. Spend your dining dollars wisely because you do not want to run out at the end of the year.

Get Used to the Construction

GCU has been expanding for a long time and will only continue to do so. There is constant construction all over campus. GCU is becoming bigger and better than ever before. The construction is something that will not end any time soon so you might as well get used to it.

Do Your DQ’s

DQ’s are daily questions for online classes. These can get tedious, but it is important that they get done. These can either make or break your grade. If you want to keep that GPA, you should do your DQ’s, they are an easy way to get points.

Don’t Over Pack

When moving away from home for the first time it is easy to want to pack everything you own and bring it with you to college. Do not do this. You will not have room in the dorms for all of your stuff. You are having to share a room with other people and have to be mindful of the space of others as well.

Go to Class

You are paying to get your education. School is the reason that you are going to college in the first place. Do not skip class no matter how badly you want to. You will learn more and perform better on assignments and tests if you do.

If you are interested in learning more about all GCU’s campus has to offer or want to read more about GCU, check out our website.

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

Kennedy Lane is a Junior at Grand Canyon University and currently studying professional writing with a minor in business. She aspires to combine her love for writing and editing into a job in the journalism or publishing industry. In her free time, you can find writing at a local coffee shop while sipping on a latte or laughing with her friends. She believes that everyone can be creative and has something to offer the world.

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