Having friends in college can be amazing. You have people to hang out with and talk to about mutual college interests. However, online colleges don’t offer the same face to face experience. So is it still possible to make a friend? Of course, it still is. Here are some ways how you can socialize and make friends even if you’re enrolled in an online school.
Transitioning from online to real life friends
Online colleges have nothing against meeting with your classmates. People who live near each other can arrange hangouts, and even study sessions arrange regular meetups. It helps to revitalize your social energy, and you get someone who you can talk to about your school tasks and projects.
Making virtual friends
Social media is another great way to connect with your online classmates. Add them on Facebook and chat with them from time to time. Some classes even create Facebook groups for discussing school-related work.
Socializing as part of the curriculum
Online colleges know the value of social skills. That’s why even with the digital nature of the courses they encourage online conferences and video calls to simulate face to face communication. It’s also an essential part of the entire online college experience.
Using software for class sessions
There are multiple voice or video communication programs that are available for online college use. Team Speak and Adobe Connect Professional are examples of such programs. They have features that can make even intercultural communication smoother.
Digital or Virtual Clubs
Just like in traditional college, people have the option to establish online clubs that are unrelated to your academic journey. Most likely people who share common interests start a group for such a club. College students who are also gamers can play online games together during their free time.
There is a lot of available option for socializing with people online. Still, nothing beats genuine face to face communication if possible. Don’t let your social skills fall behind even when everything is done online.