How to Stay Social While Attending an Online College

Distance learning is a great way to earn a degree. With a full-time job, a family, or other commitments that make it difficult for you to attend class, online study is without a doubt, the most convenient way of obtaining your diploma.

But for the socially-adept, taking classes online might seem too distant from the traditional classroom setting. However, an online environment does not have to replace face-to-face time altogether. In fact, you can still be part of the social scene while attending an online school. Our advice on how to stay social while learning from home will help you make your virtual experience more meaningful and enjoyable.

  • Connect with students in your area: If your professor provides a class list with location information, reach out to other students in your area. Set up a coffee date or a study session. And who knows, you might live next door to one of your colleagues! If your professor does not provide location information, start an online chat or an online forum to find classmates nearby.
  • Join a club: Online schools, like their traditional counterparts, offer clubs and organizations of all kinds, from athletic to student government council. Although meetings are often held online, you’ll have an opportunity to meet students with similar interests. These meetings can serve as excellent networking opportunities and a chance to build your resume and expertise. Talk to an admissions advisor about your options. Some online schools offer everything from:
    • Student Senate
    • Computer Science Club
    • Foreign Language Clubs
    • Student Government
    • Mentoring Program
    • Political Science Society
    • Faith-Based Clubs
  • Create a club: Why not start a book or movie club with your online contemporaries? I bet you’d be surprised how many of your peers would be interested in discussing something other than the latest homework assignment or upcoming exam. You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about your peers while they learn more about you!
  • Attend career fairs: There’s a good chance your online college hosts career fairs throughout the country. And if that’s the case, why not attend? You’ll meet other students, network with professionals, and discover possible career paths.
  • Blog about your experience: Thousands of students enroll in an online college or university each year, and each student’s journey is unique. So why not share your story by starting a blog about what you learned, tips for other students, and advice on how to make the most of your internet college experience? You’ll connect with other e-learners, form friendships, and create an outlet for students with similar experiences and interests.
Posted by admin
on Jan 02, 2013

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