Earning your college degree as an eLearner and attending school online may seem challenging if you want a social life.
It doesn’t have to be.
Here are 4 ways you could cultivate a social life while working hard towards your degree:
You could use your .edu address. It may be a great way to communicate with professors and peers. Since you are an online student, you might have to go out of your way to introduce yourself to other people. It’s okay and it could be worth it in the long run.
Remember, however, to think of each email you send as a way of communicating your professionalism.
Therefore, be specific in the subject line, address your contact formally—unless he or she is a peer, state what you are writing about in the first couple of lines, and sign off with “Sincerely” or “Best.” If you are writing to a study buddy, you may drop the formality.
Since you are an online student, you may find that you have more time to do the things you love. Whether it’s signing up for a cooking class or taking kite sailing lessons, you could meet people with similar interests in your area.
By using a tool like Meetup.com, you may search for events taking place in your locale. Then pick and choose which ones interest you and try a couple.
If you’re worried about safety, pair up with a friend to attend the meeting. You could connect with people who enjoy the same activities you do as well as expand your social network.
3. Social media
Most students have social media profiles. If you are enrolling as an online student for the first time, ask your professor if there is a Facebook group for your class or a Twitter account.
This way, you may get in touch with classmates throughout the week and interact. Remember, every tweet you send out into the virtual universe could be viewed by potential employers and current professors so keep them classy.
Netiquette when engaging online is just as important as manners in real life. You probably want to portray yourself as an intelligent person who is conscious of others’ feelings since you hope to be employed after graduation, right?
4. Message boards
You may have to participate in regular discussions via message boards as an online student. You might as well make the most of it.
If you are required to log in at specific times, note them on your calendar as soon as you obtain your syllabus. By participating with classmates, you could make friends and even study buddies.
Being an online student and having a social life may be possible. You might have to go out of your way a bit more than a traditional student to make friends but the end results could be well worth the effort.
What’s your social life?
I’d really like to hear about your social life, what have worked or not worked for you as an online student or blogger or writer.
Have you tried anything above?
Please leave a comment and let me know. All ideas are welcome!