By Jessica Landes
Student, Honors College
"There’s a million things I haven’t done, but just you wait.” – Hamilton, an American musical.
This quote demonstrates the grit-filled mindset many honors students carry into the college experience. Often they have already reached new heights, accomplished incredible feats and made the most of their high school experience. Now, they are eager to do the same, if not more, at Grand Canyon University. For our honors students, ample opportunity can be found right within their residential hall.
Honors housing at GCU is located within Juniper Hall, one of the four residential halls that comprise The Grove. Juniper offers several unique accommodations within this hall, such as a fitness facility and a convenience store known as Lopes Mart. The Galactic Amazon lockers are located at the base of the building and the pool is only a short walk away. The additional flex space and infrastructure built into this particular residence hall reduces the number of overall residents that live here. All of these luxurious amenities give students a desirable place to call home, even if just for the year.
Looking for a quiet place to study? There are two fishbowl-like study rooms on each floor in Juniper Hall, each enclosed with glass walls which are often covered with notes, motivational quotes or even complex equations from other student residents.
These rooms are popular and most often occupied with fellow students into the late hours of the night, but if a student is looking for a study partner or a place to make new friends, that is always a great place to start! An additional perk is Wi-Fi! Juniper Hall, along with all residence halls at GCU, includes free Wi-Fi. With the beautiful, resort-style pool right around the corner, why not take the laptop out and do some DQs poolside?
In addition to the amenities and study space, honors housing offers numerous other resources and benefits. Living in honors housing offers you an Honors College roommate, a like-minded peer eager to get involved within the GCU community. With over 200 honors freshman vying to live in Juniper this fall, you are very likely to find a fellow honors student roommate or hallmate with similar interests, first-year courses and passions–making this a great place to build friendships and professional networks.
The honors community is further strengthened with the support of Honors Ambassadors, upperclassmen mentors and leaders within the honors community and your Resident Assistants (RAs), Resident Directors (RDs) and Life Leaders. Between mentorship, academic support resources, hall events, dorm events, collaboration with honors, friendship building opportunities and bible studies, this community is remarkably unmatched.
College is a time to embrace change and adventure, explore, try new endeavors, and get involved within the community. Coupled with all of the countless opportunities at GCU, living in honors housing will empower students to do and accomplish a million things, and be ready to take on a million more.
To learn more about how you can join a community of likeminded honors students in making change in the world, 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.