The life of a college dancer

The True Life Of A college Dancer: Brittany Ferguson

"... have confidence in yourself and trust in God's plan."

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Meet Brittany Ferguson.

She's a 21 year old college student at Grand Canyon University studying Business Management with a minor in Entrepreneurial studies. Brittany is getting ready to enter her senior year and her fourth year on GCU's Dance team. Brittany started dancing with GCU in 2015 and as she is getting ready to begin her final college chapter, I sat down with her to reflect on her college experience as woman of intelligence, dedication, beauty and faith.

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What made you first interested to pursue dance in college?

Brittany: I started dancing my sophomore year of high school for my high school's dance team and that's when I first fell in love with dancing. I went to a few GCU dance clinics and couldn't really decide where I wanted to go to college. I loved the GCU dance clinics, most importantly the environment. We watched the girls dance and listened to them talk about their experience at GCU. I was really drawn to how it was a Christ-centered the team was. I said to myself, "I want to be a part of a community like this." Then, I decided to audition.

Describe to me your first audition experience. Do you have any tips for anyone who is interested in auditioning for a college dance program?

Brittany: I was in high school when I auditioned, so I was very intimidated. This was my first time really seeing the college team experience and it was different from what I was used to. The girls who have been on the team for awhile were so nice and welcoming. They took the time to help us compared to try to compete with us.

For anyone auditioning, I would have to say be confident in yourself and trust in God's plan. Know that if He feels you should be on the team then He will allow that opportunity for you. Most importantly make sure your heart is fully in it because joining a college dance team is a big commitment. Once your heart is in it, show up and show them who you are. Don't worry about trying to be anyone else in the room, being true to yourself is more than enough.

What is your favorite experience you have had being apart of GCU dance program?

Brittany: The camaraderie. And Midnight Madness!

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Haha! I love Midnight Madness!

Brittany: I'm lucky to attend a school that puts on really cool events that dance gets to be a part of. Of course, basketball season is also really special.

The Havoc section must be so fun to perform for! I feel like the whole Havoc section is another player on the team.

Brittany: Oh, for sure! Being in front of the Havocs is so awesome and it makes it so much more fun. I feel like we all contribute to the team and get them hyped up.

Is there anyone on the team who has changed your life?

Brittany: Madi Reimers, one of my fellow dancers, has been my partner in this whole experience. We have always had each other and encountered every situation side by side. We are both dancers, plus full-time college students, plus student workers so having someone who I can relate with has been so imperative to me. We constantly push one another not only in dance but our faith, academics and life goals as well. We have so many memories I will forever cherish and I could not feel any more blessed to have someone like her in my life.

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Do you have a favorite Bible verse that helps you through difficult times that college can bring?

Brittany: I have so many verses. I love. Some of my favorite verses are Proverbs 4:23, Peter 5:7 and Romans 8:28.

I LOVE Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

Brittany: Me too! These are the verses that have caught my eye and made me think about everything I do. It's so important to know that what no matter what you're going through, you have to put trust in God's plan. You have to stay as positive as possible because there is no reason not to be.

How has your faith shaped your experience as an athlete?

Brittany: People know me as "Brittany the dancer". They look at me and say if she acts a specific way then all dancers must act in that specific way. Faith has reminded me to be loyal to myself and my teammates. Being a dancer I am constantly representing my whole team. My team prays at the end of every practice and we ask for prayer requests to make sure we are all there for each other. We just want to lift each other up and help each other and that results in our best performance as dancers.

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Compare your emotions and thoughts going into your first year on GCU dance compared to going into your senior year.

Brittany: I didn't know what to expect my first year. I was so intimidated my freshman year, for the college experience and the dance experience as a whole. My senior year I'm more secure in my place with GCU and GCU dance. It's so bittersweet knowing this is my last year and that the best experience of my life is coming to an end. I have put in so much hard work and time into this team and dance has been a huge part of me. I'm also looking forward to seeing what life brings after this.

Change is always scary but it can be a good thing.

Brittany: Exactly!

If you could give advice to yourself before you started the GCU dance program, what would you say?

Brittany: I would say no matter what, always be on time since being late is never acceptable in our team. Don't stress yourself out even though it's a big workload. As hard as it is sometimes, in a blink of an eye it's gone. Everyone says college goes by quickly and they're right. Live in the moment.

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They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.


Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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Tiger Woods' 2019 Masters Victory Means More Than Winning a Tournament

At the 2019 Masters, Tiger Woods defined what a comeback story truly means.

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For the last week now I have tried to process the events that transpired in the world of golf. As many of you may know by now, I am a fanatic for Tiger Woods. I have watched as one of the greatest athletes to ever grace this earth fell from his pinnacle. I have watched as he and his family were brutally subject to a national embarrassment. I have watched as one of the greatest athletic bodies in all of golf was twisted and contorted through 4 back surgeries and physical rehabilitation. I have watched as critics and fans alike believed that his professional career was over. That he would no longer be a competitive golfer and that he should just retire instead of trying to recreate something that had gone awry.

Today I can say with the utmost of certainty that this is no longer the case. Tiger Woods won the 2019 Masters last week in dramatic fashion. Here are the stats plain and simple. Woods had never won a major tournament after trailing entering the last day of competition. Woods had also not won a major in more than 11 years and his most recent Master's victory was in 2005. Last week, Woods entered Sunday just two strokes behind the leader Francesco Molinari. At the end of the day, Woods won the event.

I have stood by this man's side as a loyal fan for the last 11 years and seen all that he has endured. For me, his victory was unequivocally the greatest moment in all of the sports. Period. There really aren't enough words for me to sum up the magnitude of this event and in the fashion that it took place. I still am speechless a week later. As I sat watching the final round unfold from a live stream on my phone (as I was in a car driving back from Florida), I was in actual tears. I knew that Tiger Woods would be a winner again. What I didn't know is that he was destined to return back to his place in history as the greatest golfer to ever live. The race for Jack Nicklaus 18 major championship victories mark is now back in contention - something that has not been highly considered for the last decade. What Tiger Woods did on Sunday at the Masters is greater than the sport of golf. It goes beyond athletics and winning. It demonstrates the story of grit, relentless toughness in the face of adversity and most importantly, it epitomizes never giving up.

For this current generation of young golfers who grew up idolizing Woods, they saw and heard first hand the return of the roars that followed Tiger every time he stepped onto a golf course. For runner up's Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele, they were not mad that they had lost, rather they were happy that Woods had won. They both said in their post-round interviews that the atmosphere and energy that was felt at this tourney was unrivaled to any other sporting event they had played in. It was because of one man, wearing his notorious "Sunday red" as he remained unflappable in the face of his opposition. On the 12th hole, a short par-3 that faces the infamous Rae's Creek, Woods demonstrated his poise and maturity. 5 of the top 6 players in the field hit the ball well short of the hole and landed in the water. The only player not to do so was Tiger who chose to aim well left of the hole and play for par. It was here, with 6 holes left to play that Woods reclaimed the lead. Fans and players were all aware of what was to transpire, they could feel that Tiger was ready to pound.

For me, Tiger Woods' victory will be a moment in my life that I will never forget. More importantly, he unified an entire nation to sit down glued to their televisions and watch the final round play out. I had friends reaching out to me to let me know that they were tuned in to witness history unfold, people who aren't golf fans in the slightest. This demonstrates in the most minimal way possible the magnitude and importance of this win. It was bigger than golf. It was something that young fans and old ones alike will cherish indefinitely. For that, I thank you Tiger Woods. You made all of the moments where we as sports fans wanted to let you go and move on to this new era of talented golfers worth sticking by your side. You brought a country with such polarization and difference together to watch a round of golf. And lastly, you made a fan of yours believe in something bigger than sports, but rather, believe in comebacks and hope. Tiger Woods you will always be my hero.

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