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Category: Honors College
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By Morgan Lentz
Student, Honors College

NSCS stands for National Society for Collegiate Scholars, a national organization that represents scholarship, leadership and service. Our NSCS chapter at Grand Canyon University is currently the largest chapter in the nation, and we were recently rewarded with Platinum Status, one of the most prestigious levels a chapter can achieve.

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By Madison Nelson
Student, Honors College

Did you miss out on your chance to join the Honors College as an incoming freshman? Are you transferring to Grand Canyon University and looking for an academic challenge? I know what you may be thinking: “It’s going to be too much work,” or “I’m not going to know anyone,” or “Is this actually benefiting me?” Those were my thoughts. I am currently entering my junior year here at Grand Canyon University as a transfer student in the Honors College. I missed out on my chance to join my freshman year, and here’s why.

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By Kaylor Jones
Professional Writing and Psychology, Honors College

Here at Grand Canyon University, we value a well-rounded education. It’s always important to try to find time for both academics and fun. With all of the clubs and organizations on campus, it’s easy for everyone to get involved and ensure they’re getting the most out of their college experience.

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By Morgan Lentz
Student, Honors College

I have had the privilege of sitting down and talking about life after graduation with a former honors student and co-worker of mine, Emily Ghena. In her time at Grand Canyon University, Emily went above and beyond in her studies as a biology major while balancing being a student leader and worker. Between working 20 hours a week, attending class for 10 and studying for up to 15, there was hardly ever enough time in the day!

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By Morgan Lentz
Student, Honors College

Academic institution or matchmaker? According to Faith Andersen, the Honors College at Grand Canyon University is both!

College is often an opportunity for students to make relationships that last a lifetime– and sometimes get married! Faith Andersen, a recent Honors College Alum, met her now-fiancé Thomas Beatty at the honors orientation and began a relationship with him by the end of the first semester.

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By Madison Nelson
Student, Honors College

Here at the Honors College at Grand Canyon University we have created an environment filled with excellence. Our students truly embrace the challenge in order to enrich their futures and Alyssa Walker is no exception. She began her career in the Honors College because she was drawn to the unique travel and mission trip opportunities. Alyssa said, “My favorite part about being in the Honors College has been the connections I’ve made, not just with my fellow Honors Lopes, but also with the faculty, even beyond the classroom.” Alyssa is a Hospitality Management major and is already turning what she’s learned in the classroom into action.

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By Pierre Guad
Student, Honors College

Grant Black is an exceptional honors alum and a driven student, which he displayed as he graduated from Grand Canyon University and moved on to Physical Therapy school. His experience in the Honors College has inspired him to go above and beyond in whatever he does, such as helping other students succeed in the medical field. We asked him to reflect on his years at GCU as an honors student and this is what he had to say.

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By Morgan Lentz
Marketing Major, Honors College

Grand Canyon University’s Honors College is proud of its spirited and ambitious students. For an honors student, each day is filled to the brim with work and play. A typical day in the life of an honors student might go something like this:

7:00 AM- Wake up, heat up some instant oatmeal in your dorm microwave and eat it, maybe a little too fast, burning your mouth in the process.

7:05 AM- (Like I said, ate way too fast.) You groggily make your bed and put on the pre-planned outfit you put on your chair the night before because, of course, you are prepared.

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By Morgan Lentz
Marketing Major, Honors College

You are driving up to the mile-long line outside of your new home, Grand Canyon University. It has all been leading to thisevery GPA point, every standardized test score, every shopping trip for random things you might need in the dorms from toilet paper to ramen noodles. All throughout school you’ve been being prepared for life outside of high school.

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Brent Phillips found himself as a high school drop out after not finishing his junior year. He was told he would not amount to anything as one without an education. Later, he joined the military and became military police for the Marine Corps. Brent worked hard and earned the privilege to serve as security with Marine One, the Presidential helicopter at HMX-1, then went 1st Marine Division and served in Iraq. While abroad in Iraq courageously serving our country, he was hit with four rocket propelled grenade and shot with an AK-47. After this traumatic experience Brent was retired from active duty. When recalling his experience in Iraq Brent said, “I loved it and still miss it.”

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By Morgan Lentz
Student, Honors College

As a Freshman, there are a LOT of things to do to prepare for college. Sign this, set up this, don’t forget to get approved for this, oh and get yourself mentally prepared for college classes. Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming, especially that first week on campus.

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Wake up, read into current events and marketing trends, off to meetings with individuals on and off campus regarding University/community development and ministry opportunities. Next up, class, ASGCU functions and after all of that, Zumba. Does your daily routine sound this packed and proactive? None other than the Aly Halbakken is determined to create a better tomorrow and meet as many new people as possible. Halbakken is a junior here at Grand Canyon University studying Communications and Marketing. This year she has been chosen as the Associated Students of Grand Canyon University (ASGCU) Chief of Staff.

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Each semester, President Mueller and some of the Engineering faculty meet with an advisory board to discuss the goals, progress and direction of the engineering program and other STEM programs and initiatives. The advisory board consists of individuals who are generally in management for companies such as Honeywell, Intel, etc. They provide insight into what is trending in the industry and offer advice to GCU faculty about currently world topics.

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By Laura Arnold
Marketing Major, Honors College

Jedidiah Woods, who is known throughout GCU’s campus as “Jed,” is a humble servant leader dedicated to helping homeless and refugee communities. He is ambitious, inventive and enthusiastic toward individuals and lends a listening ear to all people. When you talk to Jed, you know he truly cares about the conversation and wants to hear your testimony. The several years Jed has spent at GCU has led him to start-up businesses, on campus jobs and various projects.

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