Three Ways To Connect In The Classroom

Imagine entering a lecture with hundreds of new faces. Where do you sit? Who do you sit next to? Luckily enough, you find an empty seat and sigh in relief of escaping the possibility of what could be the biggest horror of this century: social interaction. Just as you are comfortably finishing the lecture, your worst fear might just have come true.

“Everybody, turn to the people next to you and introduce yourself.”

This scenario occurs nearly in every class, and there is no way to avoid it. However, instead of viewing this situation as an obstacle, use it as an advantage to take the many opportunities and possibilities it offers.

Social Media

One of the best ways to connect with somebody is through social media. After discussing with your seat neighbors, get their handles! Stay connected through Instagram or Snapchat, and help each other out throughout the course. You may just have created not just a friendship, but a lifelong study partner.

Study Groups

Many professors will set up study groups for students to help them succeed, but also to help with engagement in the classroom. If they don’t, attempt to either create or attend a study group within your neighbors. Maybe you’ll end up sitting next to your study group the next time you attend the lecture!

You’re Not Alone

The biggest way to make friendships in the classroom is to realize that nearly everybody in the room is going through the same experience you are. Your lecture will be filled with students that are open to new friendships. Understand that many students are excited to talk to you, but may be too nervous to engage. Take the initiative and spark up a conversation! You never know what it might lead to.

(Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

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