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Category: Honors College
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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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By Selena Nguyen
Student, Honors College

Just like many commuters, I vividly remember my first day of school, nearly a year ago now. I woke up that morning and put on my dramatic glasses – I’m a bit of a fantasizer. I like to think that life looks more beautiful when I see things through these lenses. I asked my mom to take me to school and picked out the outfit that best described my personality. It was something like a lady bug-printed dress, matching colors and all.

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By Kaylor Jones
Professional Writing and Psychology, Honors College

The key step in landing any job is gaining the interview skills needed to convince the employer that you’re the right fit. For in-depth advice on interviewing, resume building and professional development, consider looking into the Honors College’s six-week program, the Personal, Academic and Career (P.A.C.) Boot Camp. With a strong academic background from Grand Canyon University’s Honors College and well-practiced interview skills, you’re well on your way to the top!

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By Madison Nelson
Student, Honors College

The Honors College is full of brilliant students, and Catherine Xiong is no exception. Catherine is an international student from Guangzhou, China who recently graduated with a degree in finance and economics. Catherine not only studied in the states for college, she also attended high school in Greely, Colorado. Her favorite part about the Honors College here at GCU was her lovely co-workers. Her favorite memories for her time with the Honors College came from “the leadership retreat, because it’s such a different experience every year with different people!”

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By Maria Gonzalez
Student, Honors College

College is a time for students to immerse themselves in their studies and chase their dreams. It is the time to discover what drives them to succeed, but where does one even begin? There are so many paths to choose from that oftentimes it ends up making students feel overwhelmed. Fortunately, GCU offers helpful programs that provide guidance for students and offer help with the first steps to a successful college life.

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By Angela Bratt
Student, Honors College

The Honors College is a place for students to be challenged, meet new people and make a difference. One notable instance of this, Honors V.O.I.C.E.S. is an initiative and organization that provides students with the ability to make a difference in the world we live in. Standing for vision, outreach, international, community, education and service, this organization is action-minded and is meant to inform and encourage members to be a voice and a solution to the many problems that exist within the world.

In today’s world there are a lot of people who are underprivileged and underrepresented. Therefore, while Honors V.O.I.C.E.S. exists to shed light on all of such related issues, the primary focus is on human trafficking. Unfortunately, the world has seen a major increase in human trafficking.

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