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I Am A Non-Traditional Student And GCU Odyssey Gave Me The College Experience I Was Missing

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Katryna Eastwood
Katryna Eastwood

I am not a traditional student. I have done a majority of my college education with distance learning. The one thing I have missed during that is the college experience. I have not been able to attend events or things that most traditional college students do. It was not until I joined Grand Canyon University Odyssey that I got the college experience I was missing.

I have an amazing group of writers that I work with and they deserve a shout out. I have never met them in person but I feel like I am a part of their lives and the group. I wanted to give a shout out to a few that have made an impact on me.

Katryna, my first contact, and president of GCU Odyssey. She made me feel welcome and included me when it could have been just as easy to not stress about it. She is an amazing writer and a Disney fan. On top of being president and keeping the group together, she writes some amazing articles.

Shannon, she has gone on to bigger and better things but she was my first editor at Odyssey. She heard me out when I cried about Grammarly (I really don't like it). She has her own blog and is amazing at what she does.

Amanda, my off-campus coordinator, she has prayed for me when I sent group messages about papers, given me feedback on my writing, and been just an amazing person to talk to. She stands strong in her faith and has encouraged me to do the same.

Lily, I have to say one of the most gifted people I have worked with ever. She is on point when it comes to creating photos, taking photos and coming up with article ideas. She has a future in marketing and will do amazing things. If I ran my own company I would hire her.

Bailey, can I just say, redheads, unite! When I see her posts about GCU game nights, it makes me feel like I am part of campus. She is an amazingly gifted writer, and although I have never heard her sing personally, I've heard great things about her singing passion.

I wish I could give a shout out to each one of you, but there are over 50 of you and I'm only allowed so many words. To each and every GCU Odyssey writer, on and off campus, thank you.

You guys are my college experience and I thank you so much for the experience. I didn't think it would be that tough for me as we have seen people move on from Odyssey and new life experiences. I have never met any of you but I feel like you are my people. I can send out a message and someone will always respond.

I know the time will come when each person will turn in their pen and move on from Odyssey. My life has been blessed by each one of you. For those of you moving on and upward, thank you for your contributions. Thank you to my GCU Odyssey group, you are all amazing!

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