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blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and

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Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.
  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Over the past year, we’ve gotten a sense of what college looks like through a virtual lens. Many colleges and universities turned to holding classes online through Zoom, Google Classroom, or another form of video communication. Other schools were able to implement a hybrid model where students could be in the classroom part time and online the rest of the days. 

However, despite these options, many students were left with their own choice to choose whether they would even live on campus this year, let alone how they would attend classes. Some students who lived states away from their campuses were left with only one option -- to stay home, and others who had to care for sick or elderly loved ones also had to make the choice to remain at home. 

With the hope of high numbers of vaccinations coming this spring and throughout the summer months, many colleges are announcing plans to turn back to a traditional class delivery method next fall. 

Even though colleges are planning to revert back to their normal teaching styles and inviting students to live on campus -- we imagine students will still be given the option to choose their delivery method. 

Because of this, some students will continue with the online class model. It can be a bit more difficult to make friends as a freshman student taking online courses, even upperclassmen find it difficult to make new friends through this system.

The good news is, we have put together a list of tips that will help you make friends even in a virtual setting. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there virtually, because we can assure you that most students feel the same way! 

Here is our list: 

  • Take Advantage of Class Resources 
  • Start the Chat 
  • Good Lighting for Zoom and Breakout Rooms
  • Set a Fun Background 
  • Set Up Your Space -- Posters, Books, Etc
  • Join a Virtual Club 
  • Connect on Social Media 

Take Advantage of Class Resources 

Classes have built in applications for chatting, like chat rooms, forums, and other ways to connect. 

Most online classes are built into a system like Zoom, Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, or another application created by your school. These systems usually have more resources than just video communication. 

There are usually sections like forums where your professor will post class resources or assignments. There are chat rooms only for students both during and outside of class. 

Take advantage of these by posting in them and getting the conversation started. This is especially a good idea if you have a question about homework, or course work. Once the ice is initially broken, other students will follow and start using these platforms as well. 

Start the Chat 

Don’t be afraid to start chatting with someone -- you can always come up with a reason like needing help with homework or class material. Image courtesy of Zoom.

As we’ve mentioned, don’t be afraid to start the chat. If you see someone during class who has a hilarious Zoom background or a poster hanging up that you can relate to -- reach out. They would probably be open to the unexpected chat -- because we’re sure most students are in the same situation when it comes to feeling awkward and shy about reaching out and starting the conversation. 

You can also come up with an “excuse” to reach out if you don’t feel comfortable starting a conversation. This could be anything like saying you’re confused about a project or a paper, or you want to compare notes, or maybe even if you miss a class, ask someone what you missed that day. 

There are always ways to start a conversation that feel more “natural” rather than forced or out of nowhere. Once the ice is broken and your fake or real question has been answered, that is when you can dive into a different topic -- or who knows, maybe they’ll be the one to start a new conversation! 

Good Lighting for Zoom and Breakout Rooms 

It’s all about that lighting and making yourself look put together for class (even though we know it’s tempting to wake up five minutes before class)!

It’s all about that good lighting when you’re trying to get noticed! Even though classes are online, this doesn’t mean you have to log on looking like you rolled out of bed three minutes before. We know that not all students dress or look put together during traditional classes, but the extra effort really can’t hurt if you’re trying to make an impression.  

Don’t force yourself to get up early and get ready if you don’t want to, but sometimes when we’re stuck at home we get into a rut of feeling bad because we look bad. So, even if you get up a little earlier to fix your appearance, you might be surprised by how well you feel that day. Sometimes when we look good, we genuinely do feel better -- at the least, do it for yourself!

If you’re going to put the time into getting ready for class, then you might as well have the perfect lighting to make it look like you went the extra mile. We’re talking string lights, colored lights that wrap around your room, or even a ring light. 

You can find a simple, small ring light that will hook to your computer for instantly, easy improved lighting. Then of course there are the big ring lights used by many YouTube beauty gurus -- the choice is yours. 

You can also choose to make a cool design out of string lights. Whatever feels the best for you and your personality is what you should decide to do!

Set a Fun Background 

Having a fun and exciting background makes all the difference when it comes to being noticed virtually. Image courtesy of Techicy. 

Maybe you’re forced to have class in a room with a rather ugly background or perhaps your room just looks a mess that day. The good news is you have the option to set a fun background behind you! 

This could be a cool picture of natural scenery, a funny picture of your cat or dog, or even a hilarious tweet. If you don’t know how to change your background, you’re in luck because we’ll link a guide here. 

Having a funny or relatable background might just make someone else feel inclined to reach out and say you made their day or they think your background is so relatable. Changing your background can’t hurt, just make sure it’s class appropriate!

Set Up Your Space -- Posters, Books, Etc

Personalizing the space behind you will give your classmates a sense of who you are and what you like. 

As we’ve mentioned, when you look put together, sometimes it just boosts your whole mood for that day and helps you feel more confident about yourself and your situation. The same goes for your space. 

When your space reflects your personality and looks exactly the way you envision, you’ll feel better about it. There’s really something to be said about feeling comfortable in your space, and chances are, if it doesn’t look the way you want it to, then it’s not going to make you comfortable. 

So, put some time into fixing up your room and making it look exactly how you’ve always wanted. Also, having cool posters, tapestries, wall art (a bonus for original artwork), or even a set of your favorite books might also spark an interest in someone else. If they also love or can relate to what you have -- they might be more inclined to start the conversation. 

With this simple step, you’ll be on your way to making friends in no time!

Join a Virtual Club 

Join the virtual yoga club and attend a session, or a group where students want to chat and catch up on what’s going on in the world. 

Just because classes are online doesn’t mean campus clubs and activities have stopped. Many student organizations and Greek organizations have turned to holding chapter, informational meetings, and events online. 

If you’re not already a part of one of these organizations, now is the perfect time to join! Since most of their events will be virtual -- this is your opportunity to join and make an impact. You’ll get to meet the other students in the group and hopefully find a couple that you really connect with!

Connect on Social Media 

Add your classmates on social media and start chatting that way if it makes you feel more comfortable than chatting via Zoom. Image courtesy of BBC.

We know that sending a message via Zoom chat or actually talking in a breakout room can be intimidating and overwhelming. If you absolutely do not feel comfortable trying to make friends this way, turn to social media. 

Most students have profiles on a least one social media site, if not multiple, and a lot of times we feel more comfortable connecting this way. The good news is you have the names of everyone in your class, so this means all you have to do is look them up and you’ll probably find their profile in no time. 

From there send them a friend or follow request and once they answer -- send a message. You can use the tactic we discussed before of finding an “excuse” to send a message, and from there hopefully the conversation will turn into more and flow naturally. 
As long as you’re willing to work a little harder to make friends, put in the extra effort, and feel comfortable making the first move -- we promise something good will come of it. Remember that everyone is feeling the same way, shy, nervous, anxious, and exhausted by online classes. Use this whenever you’re feeling unsure about sending that message -- start the chat, it won’t hurt!