College Success Tip #11
What are Relationships?
relationships is a part of developing social competency for college
students. Relationships can be established with class mates, new
friends, instructors, college staff, counselors, advisors,
administrators and anyone else connected to the college.
Why are Relationships important?
It is important to
student success for students to establish a rapport and relationships
not only with their fellow students in the form of friendships, but also
with faculty and college staff who can serve as mentors and advisors as
students navigate the college system.
One way students can
get to know instructors better is to make use of an instructor’s office
hours. Instructors are required to be available a number of hours per
week for students to visit to follow-up on class discussions and to ask
questions material presented in class. Becoming involved with student
life and campus activities, including clubs and organizations and
student government to name a few, is another good way in which to
interact with and develop relationships with college faculty and staff,
as well as, fellow students. Building a rapport with college faculty and
staff can provide students with an opportunity to seek letters of
recommendation for scholarships, employment and transfer to a
Internal links to College of the Canyons resources for Relationships:
Student life and
campus activities are abundant at College of the Canyons. The Office of
Student Development offers a comprehensive program of activities and
involvement opportunities for students to participate in student life:
External links for Relationships:
I Am Next provides
articles about establishing relationships and making friends in college:
Upcoming Workshops, Activities or Events for Relationships:
Student Involvement Week – sponsored by Associated Student
Monday-Friday, September 8-12, 2008
Noon – 2 p.m. each day at various locations on
The Community College Experience by Amy Baldwin (Pearson/Prentice
Cornerstone: Building on Your Best, 4th Ed., by
Robert M. Sherfield, Rhonda J. Montgomery, and Patricia G. Moody
(Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005).
Becoming a Master Student, 10th Ed., by Dave
Ellis (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003).
Study Guides and Strategies,
Dartmouth’s Academic Skills Center, http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/success/index.html.