A March 2011 study that was done at the University of Helsinki in Finland found that, “Good interpersonal skills, an active social approach, and a sense of community and involvement can equip students with the personal resources [needed to make] the transition to everyday work and the competitive [professional world].” In other words, the social skills you develop in college are probably going to carry over into your professional life.
An article by Katy Hopkins of U.S. News titled, “5 Ways Commuters Can Make Campus Feel Like Home,” is directed at students who attend a traditional college or university, but don’t live on campus. However, the five tips in the article can apply to almost any student who wants to experience the social benefits of attending college.
Get involved:No matter what school you go to, getting involved in something on campus can help you connect with others. For example, Anthem College –Maryland Heights gives students the chance to become student ambassadors. At other campuses, it can mean taking part in campus volunteer activities or joining a study group.
Set expectations:Whether you are a traditional student who just finished high school, or a non-traditional student going back to school, you may have other responsibilities to think about at home. Try to set clear expectations about your schedule and responsibilities with each person in your home. This can help reduce stress you may feel about spending any extra time on campus.
Seek out resources: You might find that your campus has resources for commuters. Resources such as student carpools can give you a chance to connect with other students outside of class.
Get a mentor: A mentor can show you around the campus and help you find ways to get connected. Your mentor could be a student ambassador, a fellow student, someone on the student services staff, or even an instructor. Connecting with people who know the ins and outs of the school can help put you at ease.
Push yourself out of your comfort zone: “Though striking up conversations in class or the [student break room] may feel a little uncomfortable, it’s important to force yourself, if necessary, to make connections around campus,” writes Hopkins. Don’t be afraid to reach out. Chances are the person you reach out to might be looking for a connection just as much as you are.
Students who attend Anthem Education Group schools and colleges have the benefit of a smaller number of students on campus. You might also find yourself taking the same schedule of classes as other students. This can make it easier to build friendships with your classmates. In fact, former and current students have said that it feels like a family at their Anthem campus.