It was a blazing Tuesday morning when I finally arrived at what I dreamed to be my home away from home. With two suitcases and a carry-on in hand, I walked into the halls of Saguaro Hall. Although I didn’t have much, two students hurried to welcome me and lead me to my room. Their bright smiles and passionate haste quickly eased any anxiety I had managed to conjure on my way to Grand Canyon University.
This particular experience brought to life a wish to see college students being who they are. So, in the bustle of life at GCU, I found the cracks that radiate wholesome humanity. Some of them are unique occurrences, and others can certainly be encountered by you and me as long as we are on campus. Below are some places that paint the arts of being human:
This is the famous sidewalk that never quiets until the hours that everyone has gone to bed. This stretch of the sidewalk is lined with multiple appetizing restaurants that pull the student crowd and its constant liveliness. Once you plop yourself on the many chairs outside, immerse yourself into a world of laughter, foolery, romance, and even live try-not-to-laugh experiences because college students love to be themselves comically.
Game Days at the Arena
The most spirited and intense crowds gather whenever the GCU teams play. The love and dedication to this lively lifestyle are so strong that a name came to describe the students who created the thunderous roars and the fiery energy. So, as the Lopes win their athletic titles, they will always have the Havocs to cheer them on.
One thing about GCU is that it celebrates devotion and worship. On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, students can attend a session where familiar Christian contemporary songs are sung. The passion displayed as students belt their heartfelt worship is a beautiful experience as the melodies and harmonies ricochet around the rooms. If you want to experience this, check out Monday’s Chapel at the Arena, Tuesday’s The Gathering at the Antelope Gym, and Thursday’s Sanctuary at Sunset Auditorium.
The Student Union
This is the most prominent hangout spot on campus, home to various eateries and spacious rooms to bond, hang out, and study. Here, you will hear celebrations, friends who haven’t seen each other in a while meet, humorous food reviews, and if you get lucky, you might get to eavesdrop on the funniest stories. This is also where the students, professors, and other staff interact- a melting pot of personalities will be unveiled.
GCU as a WHOLE
It is safe to say that Grand Canyon University has the most incredible and passionate students. Many are fearless in showcasing their authentic beings. Because of this, the campus is overflowing with vivid personalities willing to pursue all the joys that the GCU college life offers. When grief and heartache trouble one, it is evident that many will also share in the sorrows of life.
Take a chance and experience the simple, soft, fierce, and wild personalities that GCU prides itself in.