Making connections in a virtual world isn’t always easy. At CU Boulder though, we provide many opportunities for you to build connections with fellow Buffs. Below are a few tips on how to make meaningful connections.
Connect on social media
Social media is a great way to connect with fellow buffs. Follow @CUBoulderLife on Instagram to see who else may be interested in similar topics as you. In addition, try connecting with social networking apps to find other CU students. We encourage you to introduce yourselves to classmates via Instagram, or engage in course-related discussions using Twitter or Google Hangouts. Connecting with your peers who are comfortable doing so is a good first step to getting to know one another better and making friends in your online course.
Join a virtual club or start your own
There are over 700 student organizations on campus. Check out the Center for Student Involvement webpage and reach out to the organization of your choice to join a virtual meeting.
Ask someone in you class to start a study group
Many online courses have discussion boards built into their interface, which students are encouraged to actively use. These tools are not only useful for collaborating and sharing information, but can also be used for non-academic group chats where you can interact casually and bond with your classments. Also, connect with ASAP tutoring to find additional studying resources.
Plan an in-person meet-up
Connect with your resident advisor and ask them to help you plan a meet-up of your choice. RAs can assist you in planning and marketing your meet-up. This is a great way to make connections in your residence hall.
Visit your community center front desk
Each hall has a community center front desk where residents can check out items. These items include board games, sporting equipment and other games such as billiard, ping pong and video games. Residents can check out items and play games with their friends in the halls. In addition, resident advisors facilitate floor activities to build community in residence halls. This includes floor dinners, residents watching their favorite TV show together, and of course studying together. Residents can engage in this manner if they choose not to engage in organized activities.