One of the most common questions we hear from incoming students is “How can I stay connected with my classmates and build lasting relationships while at ASU Online?”
Our students have been able to create meaningful connections and relationships through clubs, virtual events, social media interactions, study groups, and so much more. They’ve discovered that the connections they’ve made with their fellow Sun Devils have inspired them in a variety of ways throughout their entire educational journey and beyond.
Healthy lifestyles and fitness science major Vicki Sheerin and psychology major Claryssa Guerrero are #learnASUlive brand ambassadors. Since starting their journeys at ASU Online, they were both pleasantly surprised, and inspired, by the new people they’ve met so far along the way.
This is just the beginning…
The path to college is not the same for everyone, and ASU Online was designed with that in mind – to meet learners where they are, how they learn and how they chose to build community.
Sheerin, a 37-year-old widow and mother of two, found ASU Online convenient to advance her education, yet it still offered her the traditional experience.
“My first great experience was a phone conversation with my success coach, Gareth,” she said. “I feel like he genuinely wanted to know me and my goals and how I would achieve them. Something within me clicked and what he explained as opportunities for me to grow and connect with others really opened up my eyes to the potential that was available for someone like me. ”
When Sherrin applied to ASU Online, she understood what being an online student would entail, but she had no idea that there were so many avenues for students to be involved, in ways that mirrored an in-person experience.
Joining Sun Devils Connect on Facebook
In an environment where your peers are located around the nation, or even around the world, Sun Devils Connect is a Facebook group dedicated to ASU Online students where students can connect with their peers and build community.
“I had first joined the Sun Devils Connect Facebook group and had a few conversations with fellow students,” Guerrero said. “The group was an amazing opportunity to be inspired by all of the experiences other students were having because of the insight being shared with one another. In this group, students share their struggles and successes, which is an amazing thing to see peers being supportive to each other.”
The group is a great way to jumpstart connection-building with other online students and can open many opportunities such as forming study groups, joining or creating a student club, connecting over similar passions or finding your place within a Greek organization.
Guerrero, also a mother to two young children, applied to ASU Online for the flexibility it offered her as a parent, but also the opportunity it gave her to be part of the ASU community.
“Usually, when you hear about an online degree program, it’s very easy to think to yourself that you will be just completing your degree, graduating, and that’s about the extent of your experience obtaining your degree online,” Guerrero said. “ASU Online has offered much more than an opportunity to work towards my degree. I have been able to be much more involved.”