With all truly life-changing endeavors, from losing weight to breaking a bad habit to going to school, having the support of your peers can make the difference between success and failure. Connecting with other students allows you to compare experiences, gain knowledge, and feel included in the university community. If you’re going to college online, you don’t have the luxury of meeting with classmates in person, but “online” doesn’t have to mean “isolated” from your fellow students. Today, there are many great ways to stay connected, feel a part of the school community, and get motivation and support from your peers. Here are some resources to help you find and connect with online peers.
Community Forums—Many online universities offer students a way to connect with others through community forums. These online communities are a place to ask questions, get support, and learn from other students. If you are having trouble with course material or simply want to chat with others about their online university experience, community forums are a great place to start.
Local Groups –There are over 23,000 WGU students in all 50 U.S. states. That's equivalent to a large campus population, which means there may be other students in your area who are also earning an online degree right at WGU. Using the WGU community forums, why not suggest face-to-face study sessions with classmates working on the same degree? Safety first: always make sure to invite more than one study partner and meet at a public location, like a coffee shop or library. With that in mind, take advantage of your common interests and use them to make new friends.
Social Media –Learn about university updates, news, and events by tapping into social media. WGU has several social media outlets:
- Connect with other WGU students, mentors, and professionals in your career field through the WGU LinkedIn group page.
- Get the latest info about WGU and connect with current students on the WGU Facebook page. By "liking" the page, you'll receive regular updates in your Facebook newsfeed.
- Learn how online degree graduates are using their education on the Facebook Alumni page. You should also “like” this page to receive updates.
- Join the conversation and follow WGU on Twitter.
Your Mentor –Don’t know where to start? Your mentor is always available to help. Talk to your mentor to get more ideas for ways to immerse yourself in the online university culture and connect with fellow students. He or she can point you in the right direction.