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At South University many of you are pursuing careers that revolve around helping others, including positions in nursing, healthcare, criminal justice, psychology and more. There's no need to wait to start helping others though; you can start now with your online peers. Here are just a few ways that our classmates can help each other.

1. You can overcome many of your challenges and concerns together. Do you get overwhelmed by your assignments and personal responsibilities? Your peers might have advice on managing busy schedules, and you may even have a tip or two to share. Not sure how to use the online classroom? A classmate can help. Are you nervous about being back in school? The odds are good that you’ll find another classmate who had the same worry and is now excelling in their studies.

Sometimes, just knowing that someone else is facing and overcoming the same challenges can be inspiring and motivating.

2. You can hold each other accountable in school. If you are friends with your peers, you’ll feel more connected to South University and be more likely to stick with it through to graduation. Plus, one of you will notice if the other person hasn’t been around in a while. You can encourage each other to hang in there and to believe in yourself. You came to school to achieve your goals, but sometimes you might need someone to remind you that.

3. You can have interesting, in depth conversations about your studies. Your friends and family may enjoy hearing about what you are studying, but they may not have the time or the knowledge to discuss the theory behind it or analyze every sentence of the article you just read. With your peers, you’ll be able to talk about your common interests and share your opinions on the topics you’re studying.

4. You can serve as professional resources for each other. You can discuss research ideas and theories and receive constructive feedback and support. Your peers might also introduce you to an industry resource or group with which you aren’t very familiar. It never hurts to know other professionals in your field.

Join the Student Hero Contest to start connecting with your classmates today!