Not Living on Campus Doesn't Have to Mean a Lack of Connections
In contrast to students on a residential campus, students attending community college don't have quite the same space-based places where organic conversations -- and, consequently, friendships -- can begin.
It is a common situation when students find a peer who can be not only a good friend but also a paper helper who can assist them while they are enrolling in any writing course. So such kind of friendship can be beneficial from personal and educational points of view.
However, attending community college doesn't have to mean you can't make friends and connect with your peers. If you'd like to make friends in community college, try one (or more!) of the following
- Hang out in a common area inside
It can be a campus coffee shop, a general meeting area, or even the library. Regardless of the purpose of the space, use it to hang out for a while. You can read, do homework, work on a creative project, or otherwise enjoy yourself. But being on campus for a substantial period can help present opportunities for you to start conversations with others.
- Hang out in a common area outside
Weather permitting, of course, but if you can hang out on a lawn, in the quad, on a bench, or somewhere else outside, you'll be more likely to start a conversation with others than if you were at home or in your car. Simply place yourself in a physical location where others are coming, going, and hanging out drastically improves your chances of connecting with someone else.
- Get to class early
It sounds counter-intuitive -- a college student early to class?! -- but being 5 or even 10 minutes early to class can give you a few minutes to start up
a conversation with a peer. Instead of reading your phone in your car while waiting for class to start (or reading your phone in the hall outside of class), turn your phone off and try talking to someone next to you.
- Form a study group
In addition to the many academic benefits that a good study group can present, friendships can form from them as well. Whether you're in an intro. class or an upper-division seminar, pick a few people whom you think you can study well with, and try to establish friendships during your group sessions, too.
- Make a Facebook page or other social media group for your class
Friendships don't always have to start in a traditional, space-based way. You can easily start and form friendships online, too. Start a group for one of your classes and try connecting with your fellow students online. You never know who you have a lot in common with -- and whom you might never have interacted with were it not for your online exchanges.
- Join a club
Some students are under the erroneous impression that community colleges don't have that many clubs and organizations. And while this might be true for some campuses, it certainly isn't true for all of them. Look around at campus flyers, postings, and event announcements to see what kinds of student groups there are. Even if it's the middle of the semester, you can still contact the leaders of the club or organization and see how you can connect.
- Start a club
Don't see the club you're looking for? Start your own! It can be anything you like from knitting to learning something new. Some students believe that it is easier to memorize material while teaching somebody. So they open clubs where any person can ask to “write my essay” and get professional assistance. Chances are that if you're interested in something, other students are, too. Talk to your campus student activities or dean of student’s office to see what the procedure is for starting a club or organization, and then ... get to work!
- Organize an event
You don't need to be part of a formal club or organization to get people together. Whether it's a volunteer effort as part of an upcoming holiday, a cultural celebration, or another event of your choosing, organizing an event that's open to the entire community can be a great way to bring people together.