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Social connections


Social connections

A new place often equals meeting new people. In higher education, those new relationships can have even more meaning.

Get to know your teachers

Develop an understanding of youre teachers' expectations. This can help you to learn more effectively in classes as you'll know how to study and interact with them.

Educators can also help you to figure out what career pathway you might want to take and how to get desired internships and jobs. Your teachers have industry experience and networks that may help you connect with your chosen field.

Get to know your peers

It's beneficial for you to get connected with other students in your course. You can find them at orientation events and in class (online and on-campus) .

Reach out to say hello and introduce yourself to others. You're likely to share similar study interests and expectations that will make an exchange of ideas and a chance of networking easier.

Join groups, activities or cultural clubs

There are a many ways to become involved in social life at tertiary study. Group activities on campus or in the wider community can help you establish friendships and support networks. Participation can provide you with valuable experience and skills in collaborating, negotiating and reducing conflicts with others. You'll also find that you'll have a lot of fun and interesting experiences.

This will set you up with good people skills later in your studies when working with other students. Group participation can help build essential collaborative skills for the workplace and other areas in life.

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