How would these relationships at GCU be important to your success?

Topic 4 DQ 1

Nov 13-15, 2023

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Academic relationships are critical to your success at GCU. These relationships include faculty members, university staff, tutoring and career resources, and student engagement. How would these relationships be important to your success? Please provide specific examples of relationships you plan to develop and why.

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Hannah Lyon

Nov 15, 2023, 5:48 PM


The most important relationship to cultivate would be with the faculty, specifically the course instructor. This relationship is essential because the instructor is the most critical resource; they have all the information and can answer all the questions about the assignments and course information. I like to ask many questions about assignments to ensure I understand how to succeed. Another relationship I plan to cultivate would be with the tutors. I will use tutors often during my academic journey, especially for my math classes. I am terrible at math, so the relationships I develop with the tutors will be vital for my success. Both relationships are meaningful to me, and one other one would be the university staff. They are crucial to the behind-the-scenes functions of my academic journey, especially my student success counselor, who has helped me immensely. She has helped with everything from financial aid and billing questions to enrollment questions. All three are valuable relationships in their own way; I won’t be successful without each one.

Deziree Lewis

Nov 15, 2023, 12:07 PM(edited)


Good afternoon everyone,Academic relationships are in fact critical to your success at GCU. Forming a relationship with your student service counselor, instructor, as well as the faculty members is especially important. One is much more comfortable reaching out to ask questions or help when a relationship or bond is created within the two. I do my best to reach out and ask questions to my instructor whenever I am confused about an assignment. If I ever feel I am falling behind I will head straight to the learning center and sign up for a LEAD. And when I feel something is wrong with any of my classes I will contact my counselor. All great resources and great relationships to create. 

Edwin Beltre Fernandez

Nov 14, 2023, 10:21 PM


Relationships with faculty members, university staff, tutoring and career resources, and students are such a big factor in a student’s success. I’ve stated this before but the Military Division Department has been a major part of my learning career. One of the councilors has helped me with everything I needed, and to this day I’m grateful for them. I also believe having a good relationship with fellow students is very beneficial. A great benefit is there won’t be any problems among students so no fighting. Another benefit is if a student is very good at a subject and you are not you can ask for them to tutor you or help you study better. A relationship I plan to develop is career resources. This is something I can use outside of my major, and benefit from it. I’d like to use this to further my real estate business in any way possible. I’d like to find more contacts and hopefully people who have dealt with it. 

Christopher Clinton

Nov 14, 2023, 4:18 PM


Academic relationships are critical to my success at GCU because without them I would not be able to do the things I need to do or get the correct information needed. My relationship with faculty members is important because they are the ones who take the time to educate me and teach me the curriculum without them there wouldn’t be a way to attain a degree. University staff relationships are critical because they are the ones that help you along the way to find what you are looking for without floundering about and wasting much-needed time. Career resources are important because they help you with career path choices and help you decide where you want to be with a career. Student engagement is important because it exposes you to all walks of life and experiences you can learn from, and you never know who you might encounter in the future. You will need these relationships to help you succeed because no one can do it alone, we all need a little help. “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). By having these relationships, we honor GOD the Father.

Topic 4 DQ 2

Nov 13-17, 2023

Support groups are especially important when transitioning into the higher education environment. What support system(s) do you currently have in place? What support groups are available on campus? If you currently do not have a support system(s) or group(s), how will you create a support group that best reflects you and your academic and personal wellness support needs?



mberlee Hoagland

Nov 13, 2023, 5:37 PM


GCU offers so many resources we can build relationships with peers and gain support from. The office of student engagement is a great place to start, there are also life groups to study the bible.  My support group is a mix of family and friends mostly from churches I’ve previously attended. I love staying in God’s word when faced with a problem in life so I lean on those that are of Christ. They support me in life, cheer me on, and are supportive of this new journey of mine here at GCU! If I am ever overwhelmed I know I can also reach out to my counselor and instructors and I know I will have built a relationship of communication with them as I have currently and utilize that to my advantage when I am in need of support. This is not my only support system. I also have a lot of online friends and followers who support me and I am able to talk to them about life, school, and family life. I have even started my own support group before for survivors of domestic violence and relationship trauma and I’m still in touch with all of those women and men to this day. It is incredibly helpful to have a support system in all aspects of your life academic, career-wise, and personal. 

Taryn Booker

Nov 13, 2023, 5:32 PM


I have been a loner for so many years of my life that I am still uncertain about academic support groups. I haven’t noticed any for online students on the GCU site so I will continue to do the research to find something that is applicable to my degree if it is available online. I do have support systems in place However they are directly related and linked to my domestic violence support groups. I have reached out to The Association for Women in Computing and Women in Technology and hope to receive a response of acceptance by the end of the coming week. I keep in mind that I am still in the beginning phases of my academic pursuit and will continue to remain open-minded with regard to support groups yet to date I have not seen any information on the GCU site that is relevant to my degree. 


Alaa Shehata

Nov 13, 2023, 7:23 AM


It can be a big step to move into a higher education setting, so it’s important to have a solid support network. For my part, I’ve been lucky to have a wide range of support systems in place. My family has consistently offered emotional support, motivation, and encouragement. I’ve also made connections with peers and instructors who have given me academic advice and a sense of community in my previous classes and I intend to do the same with my current classes. In my previous on campus studies, I have investigated a range of resources and support groups on campus, such as study groups tailored to particular courses, academic advisors who assist with course scheduling, and counseling services for individual well-being. These resources have been extremely helpful to me in my academic endeavors.On the other hand, I would prioritize building a sense of community and sharing experiences if I were to design a support group specifically for my needs in terms of academic and personal wellness. To establish a comprehensive support network, it might involve regular gatherings for study sessions, conversations about academic objectives, and even chances for social interactions. In the end, establishing a support system that suits my particular requirements is about finding people who share my goals for both academic success and personal well-being.  


Jill Derevage

Nov 14, 2023, 11:50 AM


One support group that is extremely important to me as I move forward in my higher education is the support of my family. They are always there to help me in any way they can. I also have a wonderful group of teacher colleagues I have the privilege of working with daily. This group can help me if I need extra tutoring on a subject. They are so understanding and supportive of me going back to school. There are also some wonderful support groups on campus, such as my instructors and advisor, for any other issues that may arise, plus many more. In addition to all the incredible support systems I’ve mentioned, another could be starting a study group. I could ask my classmates if anyone would be interested and go from there. And, in time, we could become a wonderful group of students working together to help each other. 




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