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Category: Honors College
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By Breanna Naegeli
Associate Dean, Honors College

Ibn Battuta said, “Traveling–it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” Grand Canyon University and the GCU Honors College offer numerous global studies programs for students. Here is a few things to consider when trying to determine the best opportunity and the right time to strategically integrate a global studies program into your college career:

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By Kendall Smith
Student, Honors College

As a GCU Honors College student, you will be required to take three honors general education courses including

  • UNV-109HN: Introduction to Honors Education & Academic Literacies
  • CWV-106HN: Christianity Story, Theology and Mission
  • ENG-206HN: The Power of Media: Social and Critical Approaches

Within these honors general education courses, you will be cohorted with fellow honors peers in a small class and led by an honors faculty member with exceptional academic, industry and life experience.

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By Breanna Naegeli
Associate Dean, Honors College

Anthony Bourdain once said, “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” Your college years are a time for exploration, self-discovery and a time to dive deeply and learn about the world around you. Maximize your academic journey by integrating a global studies experience into your career. Grand Canyon University and the GCU Honors College offer the following opportunities:

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By Breanna Naegeli
Associate Dean, Honors College

I am a firm believer that “the best way to predict your future, is to create it.” As an incoming honors student, you already made the decision to embrace the challenge to enrich your future. You seek to broaden your worldview and expand your intellectual limits. As you prepare to embark on this academic, emotional and social journey, here are three quick themes to keep in mind:

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By Kendall Smith
Student, Honors College

Depending on which two majors one chooses to pursue, tackling a double major within the Honors College can be achievable. The only requirements to graduate with honors at GCU is to maintain a GPA of 3.25, participate in the Annual Spring Symposium, take UNV-106HN, CWV-106HN and ENG-206HN and complete 20 hours of honors coursework (16 for transfer students).

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By Luke Amargo
Student, Honors College

You’re only an entrepreneur if you choose to be one. Entrepreneurism can be infused in any major and any Honors student. Entrepreneurship is a daily choice. Entrepreneurism is about innovation in one’s own life and the world around you—from seeing the potential to maximizing the potential. A ripple in a pond.

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By Anna Cofrancesco
Program Manager, Honors College

Each human being has certain aspirations in life and the road to such aspirations varies from person-to-person. People attend school, enroll and graduate from college to gain education, land their first job, get married and build a family and many realize their potential and live fulfilling and prosperous lives. However, this ideal path to a fulfilling and happy life is not the reality for many human beings who become victims of the horrendous and dehumanizing crime of human trafficking.

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By Kaylor Jones
Professional Writing and Psychology, Honors College

Are you currently on the search for an internship? Honors students may choose to participate in an internship to advance their classroom learning, receive real-world experience, network and potentially earn college credit. Here’s how Honors students can utilize their resources to help them find a suitable internship.

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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 Angela Bratt
Student, Honors College

Traveling is one of the most eye-opening and educational experiences that we can have as students. One of our Honors College students, Johnny Voss, recently came back from his study abroad experience in Costa Rica. Johnny is originally from California and is studying psychology.

When asked why he wanted to study aboard, he explained that he had wanted to since high school. He had a few close friends in high school that were exchange students from Mexico and Europe and they encouraged him to have a similar experience abroad.

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By Angela Bratt
Student, Honors College

At GCU we offer various study abroad programs to allow our students to not only take an extended trip, but also to be immersed within a new culture. This past spring semester, one of our incredible honors students, Christina Boyle, took an opportunity to pursue her dream of studying abroad in Italy.

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By Angela Bratt
Student, Honors College

The Colangelo Scholars is an honors business society that exists to provide students with the tools to succeed in the business world during college and post-graduation. In doing so, we strive to create meaningful events that enable individuals to work on their professional skills, such as networking, and expose them to real-world situations. We provide exclusive opportunities to ensure that our students are prepared to find internships and jobs that they love.

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By Kaylor Jones
Professional Writing and Psychology, Honors College

An honors student isn’t complete without an impressive resume. Once you’ve perfected the content of your resume, it’s important to make sure it has a polished design. Some employers may not give a resume a second chance if it’s not easy to read and at least somewhat pleasing to the eye. While there are many templates available for purchase online, college students on a budget can make use of free websites that allow for even more customization. With potentially hundreds of combinations of color, layout and graphics, these design programs can let your creative side out when finalizing your resume.

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By Angela Bratt
Student, Honors College

Damin Pilon is an incredibly hard-working, intelligent individual who I’ve had the pleasure of being friends, teammates and a co-workers with. Damin is one of the most driven and talented people that I’ve ever met at GCU.

Damin is originally from Duluth, Minnesota. Moving here was a big adjustment, but he is thankful for the ability to come to GCU and receive an education. He’s majoring in finance and economics with a minor in accounting and is graduating in only 2.5 years, which is an incredible feat for anyone.

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By Angela Bratt
Student, Honors College

This year, Isabel Serrano started her freshman year at GCU, studying biology with an emphasis in pre-med. Isabel is from Silverthorne, Colorado, but she was originally born in Tijuana, Mexico. During high school, she got the opportunity to join a club called Pre-Collegiate for first-generation students, which allows students to tour colleges in Arizona. It was through this program that she heard of GCU, and as soon as she visited the campus, she immediately fell in love.

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