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Category: Honors College
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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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By Angela Bratt
Student, Honors College

The Honors College has sponsored yet another service day in which we had nearly 100 of our honors students go out into the community. GCU as a university is heavily invested in the community and makes a major effort to give back. The purpose of the day is to give our students an opportunity to make an impact and to bring them together to serve for one purpose: helping others.

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By Maria Andrea Gonzalez
Student, Honors College

High school was a time where students never really had to worry about their professional development. Now that we are in college, students must develop their professional skills as they go hand in hand with their majors. So, the question is, how do we as students learn to develop our professionalism if we never had the chance to explore it in high school? Well, the GCU Honors College offers a program called the Professional, Academic and Career (P.A.C.) Development Program that helps students acquire the skills necessary to achieve their full potential in their professional and academic journey throughout their undergraduate studies.

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By Maria Andrea Gonzalez
Student, Honors College

There are a lot of things that medical schools look for in prospective students, and the list can be intimidating. All throughout your undergraduate years you will hear health advisors and professors saying profusely how medical schools want students who are driven, hardworking, knowledgeable and experienced. Seems simple enough, right? But what about when you realize all the other things students have to juggle? They say your GPA must be between 3.7 and 4.0, your MCAT score has to be high to be considered competitive and make sure you are doing community service, extracurriculars, maintaining your health, getting your hours done, getting leadership experience, clinical experience, research experience etc. There is so much effort that goes into our undergraduate years, especially as honors students, and so much sacrifice must be made in order to make our dreams a reality. Although it can be very challenging, it’s all rewarding in the end.

So, how do we become a competitive applicant? What can we do that will make us stand out in the eyes of the admissions representatives and acceptance committees? But most importantly, what can we do to become better prepared and experienced, and show that we have a clear understanding of what we would be getting ourselves into? The answer is simple– become a medical scribe.

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By Morgan Lentz
Student, Honors College

Brian Mucyo is someone that could probably spend about three days explaining his life story– yes, it’s that eventful!

I got the chance to sit down with this honors student and ask him a few questions about his life. He is a junior here at GCU studying finance and economics with minors in both Christian and legal studies. Brian was born in Rwanda and moved to Belgium when he was six years old for better health and education opportunities because of his vision disability. After completing his education through middle school, he moved back to Rwanda to be with his family, where he also was able to begin to attend a brand new special education program in the same high school his brothers were attending. He built strong connections with the program developer and was even gifted a special device that allowed him to learn without the constant help of a teacher’s aide. He worked closely with the program to help other students learn according to their needs.

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By Morgan Lentz
Student, Honors College

There are so many exceptional students in the Honors College at GCU, but Jessica Symmes never fails to stands out. She’s a well-rounded student who has taken full advantage of the many opportunities she has received. Jessica is the Honors Nursing LLC Ambassador, and is a part of the Dance program at GCU. To say she has a full plate is an understatement!

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Discover Spain

By Morgan Lentz
Student, Honors College

Last August, I got the amazing opportunity to attend a marketing internship seminar in Madrid, Spain with the company ROOSTERGNN. It was nothing I would ever have expected to be able to do. While there I learned so much about global marketing, ethical promotion and SEO, all while experiencing the culture of Spain in everyday life. I absolutely loved finding new places to eat tapas, getting lost in the city and visiting sights like the city of Toledo.

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