Academic Institution or Matchmaker? Faith Andersen on Finding Love

By Morgan Lentz

two GCU students wearing a cap and gown

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.

“Most incoming freshmen have the same worries about being in a new place with new people, and I definitely had that worry,” Faith said. “My solution was to attend any and all school events to meet people and form friendships, which is why I attended the Honors College orientation.”

They connected later in required honors course UNV-106HN and walked away with something much more valuable than a good grade point average: a commitment to spend a lifetime together! Faith said, “As the semester went on, we became inseparable, talking every day. In a matter of three months, he had become one of my best friends. Two weeks before winter break, our honors flirting became the real deal and we began dating. Fast forward three years, Thomas bent down on one knee and proposed to me in one of our favorite places, Sedona, Arizona!”

Faith is to become Mrs. Beatty in June of 2018. We love seeing our students achieve great merit and succeed academically! Faith continues to work for GCU Marketing and has been very active in the community here on campus, and Thomas is working as an associate account manager for Collabera in Tempe, AZ after graduation. As they start their lives together, we wish nothing but the best for their family and professional careers moving forward!

To learn more about how the Honors College at Grand Canyon University provides our motivated and ambitious students with important connections and the tools they need for success, visit our website or click the Request More Information button on this page.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University.

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