Student Resources_Building a Support Network
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Student Resources_Building a Support Network

Student Resources_Building a Support Network

Read this document to learn about building a support network.

Making the transition to college (or from one college to another) can be challenging. Developing and nurturing support networks (and being a part of others' support networks), can contribute to a smooth transition. Some tips that may help you during this process include the following:

  • Introduce yourself to those around you, whether in the classroom, at welcome events, at meals, or during social events. Finding a few people to chat with and get to know can help break the ice in your new surroundings.

  • Get to know your instructors. Touching base with them before or after class, during office hours or at events on campus can help you build your support network on campus and create valuable long-term connections.

  • Meet with your academic advisor on a regular basis to stay on track each semester and to develop a strong professional relationship with him or her.

  • Look into clubs and organizations at your college and join one or more that fit with your interests and values. You may be drawn to environmental, religious, cultural, ethnic, major, recreational or other kinds of organizations that will provide opportunities to get to know new people.

  • Create or join study groups that will help you with your academic work while getting to know classmates.

  • Build positive relationships on social media or with virtual groups, particularly those that are campus-based. Learn about events that might interest you and attend those that work with your schedule.

  • If your classes have supplemental instruction or tutoring, sign up for these activities. You will benefit from gaining a better understanding of the course content and making new friends or acquaintances.

  • Connect with counseling services, health services or other offices, as needed.

  • Talk to family and friends from home. Maintain your connections with those who support you back home while creating friendships in your new environment.

Next Steps: Check websites to find out which groups or organizations at your current or selected college(s) might be a good fit for you. Once you’re on campus, look into study groups, supplemental instruction, and other opportunities to combine academic work with new friends or acquaintances.

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