Jessica Baral is a senior at Grand Canyon University. She is majoring in communications in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She was born and raised in a small country town in Pennsylvania, but recently moved to Phoenix in order to continue her undergraduate education at GCU. Not only is Jessica enjoying all that Arizona has to offer, but she has also absolutely fallen in love with GCU and its ever-evolving campus, so much so that she is hoping to continue working for GCU’s marketing department after graduation.
There are many ways that college students try to save money. One method that some students like myself use is commuting to class from home. Although there are many benefits to commuter experience, there is a chance that we commuters may feel disengaged from college life, perhaps even feel left out. To avoid this, Grand Canyon University has provided multiple amenities for their large commuter population that has made us not only feel welcome, but also made us feel at home.
When we are not in classes or eating with friends on Lopes Way, you can find us commuters in the Commuter Lounge. The Commuter Lounge is a great place to relax, finish homework and meet other students. Not only does the lounge have plenty of seating, including tables and couches, but it also has refrigerators, TV, a pool table and Wi-Fi. There are also lockers available for when those books get too heavy!
Not only do we relax and study in the Commuter Lounge, but we also have fun in it! Commuters-only events can range from free lunches and giveaways to canvas painting socials and Christmas parties. Not only do we get free food and other goodies at these exciting activities, but we also get to fully experience our own sub-community at GCU!
Just because we do not live on campus, does not mean we do not get to enjoy all GCU has to offer. The campus offers many activities, clubs and events that are open to all students. From the raucous basketball games to the movie nights on the lawn, we get to enjoy our time with all GCU students and participate in the same activities. This helps us feel connected to campus and to the entire GCU community. That is something that commuter students like me truly appreciate.
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