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Building Social Connections

Social Connections Healthy Campus

Belonging to a group gives people a sense of identity.

 

Researchers have found that people are happier when they are with other people than when they are alone, regardless if you are an introvert or extrovert.


Happiness is contagious and benefits others through three degrees of separation.


The positive effects from connecting with others are lasting effects can last as long as a year.


PBS, Connecting. (n.d.). Retrieved from URL 

There is a direct connection between social isolation, loneliness and a potential downward spiral towards poor health.


  • Leads to dramatic increases in the stress hormone cortisol

  • Hardening of arteries that leads to high blood pressure

  • Inflammation in the body

  • Diminished executive function, learning and memory


Social Connectivity Drives the Engine of Well-Being. (2013, May 27). Retrieved from URL

Take time to look others in the eye when asking questions such as, “how are you?” Sometimes the small, kind gestures can have the biggest impact.


Thank someone that you work with, and take the opportunity to let them know that you really mean it.


Let someone know that you recognize the extra effort they are putting forth.


Turn conversations into connections: Tips on meeting people and building friendships


Wolbe, S. (2015, January 10). Social Connections and Their Positive Impact. Retrieved from URL

Get Involved

Clemson University Student Organizations

There are many diverse student organizations at Clemson University.  Some examples include the following focuses:  advocacy, religion, service, cultural, professional, recreation and sports, and greek life.


On-Campus Internships and Jobs


Campus Life 

Information about getting involved, diversity programs, recreation and entertainment on campus, safety, planning for future career, and transitioning to campus.


Multicultural Programs 

Provides educational and celebratory programs and services that support an inclusive campus community in which its members value diversity with them and others.


Campus Recreation Trips

Trips are scheduled during fall, spring and summer semesters.


Clemson University Outreach

From statewide research, extension and regulatory programs to student organizations, undergraduate research, class projects, service-learning, alternative breaks, mission trips and faculty efforts, Clemson is focused on serving others and identifying and solving current community needs.


Creative Inquiry

Undergraduate Research – Creative Inquiry allows students to engage in higher-order thinking, reflect on learning and connect experiences to their traditional course work.


AAH Major Mentor

The AAH Advising Center’s Major Mentor Program connects students who want to explore different majors with trained peer mentors to have specific questions about a major or minor answered.


Calhoun Honors College Peer Mentors

The Calhoun Honors College Peer Mentors are upper-class honors students who serve as mentors to students new to the Honors College.  These individuals meet with a small group of five to eight mentees throughout the year to help them get to know the University and Honors College.


ClemsonLIFE Student Volunteers/Mentors

ClemsonLIFE is a two year program incorporating functional academics, independent living, employment and social/leisure skills in a public university setting with the goal of producing self-sufficient young adults. 


FIRST

FIRST helps first-generation college students adjust to the college experience by offering a variety of opportunities and resources, from academic support to social activities.


Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life

Building Dreams Mentoring Program allows students to mentor children; volunteering just four hours a month can make a difference in a young person's life. 


Tiger 2 Tiger

Student Accessibility Services believes that students with documented disabilities should be fully included and affirmed as valued community members throughout Clemson University.


Set Expectations

Set expectations regarding your academic schedule, roommate responsibilities, etc.  It’s important to set expectations ahead of time to reduce stress and figure out a school-life balance.


Seek out Resources

Academic Success Center 

Center for Career and Professional Development 

First Generation Support 

Veterans 

Minority Students 


Push Yourself out of Your Comfort Zone

Do something that you have never done before:



Poulson, M. (2011, September 8).  Developing Friendships and Social Skills on Campus. Retrieved from URL