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10 Ways to Get to Know Your Classmates

by South University
May 19, 2015

Feeling a little isolated at school? Sure, you’re here to learn, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to get to know your classmates and make some new friends.

Saying Hello to New ClassmatesUse these 10 tips to connect with your peers, whether you’re learning on campus or online.

1. Join a Club

South University has a number of student organizations, so make sure you get involved! For example, the Students of Occupational Therapy Association at South University, Tampa recently organized a clothing drive for Dress for Success Tampa and the Epsilon Phi chapter of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Inc. at South University School of Pharmacy in Columbia, SC started their first annual School Supply Drive last year. Make new friends and get the chance to help a good cause! Online students can find organizations in Connections, an exclusive community for our students.

2. Attend Events Regularly

There’s always something going on at South University for both campus and online students. Take advantage of these opportunities as a way to spend more time with your classmates and really get to know them. Some of the recent events include the Annual Black History Soiree at South University, Savannah and the Spark Writing Group — Flash Fiction at South University, Online Programs. Check the calendar to see what’s coming up next!

3. Start a Study Group

Need to talk through some of your assignments? Gather a few of your classmates together for a study session. Discuss the material, quiz each other, and have a great time bonding. Online students, this is for you too! Platforms like ExamTime make it possible to hold a virtual study group.

4. Introduce Yourself to People in Class

Stop making a beeline for a seat in the empty back row as soon as you enter the classroom. Sit next to someone you’ve never met and introduce yourself. There’s a good chance many of your fellow students are also hoping to make some new friends. Online students will also find plenty of opportunities to have conversations in the online classroom and on Connections.

5. Reach Out to Classmates Online

Make a point to get to know your classmates by sending them an introductory email or befriending them on social media sites like Facebook. It takes a little extra effort to meet people when you’re not seeing them face-to-face, but it’s definitely worth your time.

6. Become a Tutor

Are you a top student in one of your classes? Don’t be shy! If so, share your knowledge with your classmates by offering to help those who are struggling a bit with the material. This is a great way to do something good and meet new people.

7. Study on Campus

Stop studying at home and get some work done at school! Every South University campus has a well-equipped library designed as a place for students to study.

8. Volunteer

South University is filled with believe in giving back. Students, faculty and staff from South University, Cleveland have participated in the Lifebanc Gift of Life fundraiser at the Blossom Music Center and students and staff from South University, Novi have volunteered with the group “Christmas in Action” to help improve housing conditions for some elderly residents in the area. Join the team at your location and meet like-minded people – there’s even an Online Volunteers club for online students!

9. Find a Mentor

Are you in a program with a few seasoned professionals you really admire? Ask one to be your mentor. There’s a good chance they’ll be honored to share their knowledge to help guide someone just starting their career like you.

10. Participate in Online Discussions

For online students, participating in these discussions is a requirement, but over time, you’ll find that this is also a great way to get to know your peers!

by South University
May 19, 2015
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Here for the Holiday Treasure Hunt?

by South University, Online Programs
December 31, 2014

The keyword for December 31 is...

Not sure how to play? Never heard of the Holiday Treasure Hunt?

Check out our blog post from last week to learn how to participate, see the available prizes and read the official terms and conditions.

Good luck!!

by South University, Online Programs
December 31, 2014
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Don’t miss our upcoming IT webinar series!

by South University, Online Programs
October 3, 2014

South University’s Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Chapter is excited to announce our 2014 fall webinar series. ACM membership is not required to attend but students studying information technology or business are encouraged to consider student membership! Learn more about ACM at

Events Calendar

To register for any or all of these sessions, please visit the Event Calendar in the Campus Common!

Commercial Software Development: Your First Programming or QA Job
Bradley Fordham
South University, Online Programs instructor

Big Data Analytics

Nizar Alsaid
South University, Online Programs instructor

Mobile Games
Bruce Huang
South University, Online Programs instructor

Current Job Disciplines in IT
Cathy White
South University, Online Programs instructor

Benefits of ACM membership & Topic Suggestions
John Lombardi
South University, Online Programs instructor

Not interested in IT? See what other events are on the calendar for October!

by South University, Online Programs
October 3, 2014
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Attend a Reading from our Student Literary and Arts Journal

by South University, Online Programs
September 3, 2014

Please mark your calendars for a Student Reading from the latest Asynchronous issue, with the reading to be held on Tuesday September 16, 2014 at 7 pm EDT. We encourage you to attend in support of your fellow student writers and artists! Register at to reserve your spot.

Literary Journal cover

Students will be reading from the 2nd annual issue of Asynchronous, our student literary and arts journal published earlier this year. The journal showcases student writing, photography, and artwork in an online format and provides an outlet for creative expression that cannot always be found in a classroom setting.

View the latest issue at

Find more events on the Campus Common Events Calendar here.

by South University, Online Programs
September 3, 2014
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Save the date for these upcoming events!

by South University, Online Programs
August 29, 2014

Don’t miss out on the full student experience at South University! Sign up for one of our upcoming September library workshops, webinars and other informative online events. Want to learn what’s going on with the Student Community? Interested in the library resources available to you? Not sure how to use Connections?

Events Calendar

After you review the list of events below, get more information and register using the events calendar in the Campus Common.

Library Workshops – 9/2/14-9/22/14

The South University Online Library is hosting a series of workshops designed to teach you about library resources that relate to your area of study.

• Business students: 9/2/14
• Information technology students: 9/8/14
• Legal studies students: 9/15/14
• Psychology Students: 9/22/14

How to Perform College Level Research – 9/29/14

In this workshop hosted by the South University Online Library, attendees will learn to create research questions, conduct background research, form thesis statements, and identify keywords.

Supreme Court Criminal Law Case Review – 9/11/14

This is a continuation of the Supreme Court series. This webinar concerns the Riley v. California, Plumhoff v. Rickard, Martinez v. Illinois, and Kaley v. U.S. All of these cases are recent United States Supreme Court cases related to criminal law. The Riley case addressed whether a cell phone be routinely searched incident to arrest. The Plumhoff case addressed whether using deadly force to end a dangerous, high speed pursuit, is Constitutional. The Martinez case addressed whether the swearing in of the jury signals the start of a trial, triggering the Double Jeopardy Clause. The Kaley case addressed whether a federal grand jury indictment also supports the seizure of assets connected to the crime.

How to Access & Navigate Connections – 9/19/14

If you’ve never used Connections, or it’s been awhile and you’re curious about what’s new, please join us for this informational webinar! In this session, you’ll learn:

• What Connections can do for you
• How to set up your profile
• How to join organizations
• How to set up your own lounge

Student Activities Night – 9/24/14

Attendees will learn:

• What the Student Community department is
• Which honor societies and organizations are available to online students
• What the benefits of membership are
• How to apply to student organizations

by South University, Online Programs
August 29, 2014
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