Making Meaningful Connections Online
Even though many courses and extracurricular activities now take place virtually, the Barnard/Columbia community is still here to support and connect with you! Whether you are looking to get to know your peers, TAs, or professors, it is still possible to foster a sense of community and connection with others throughout your academic endeavors. Emily Ndiokho BC '22 from the CEP shares the following suggestions to help you connect with those around you!
Tips for Group Chats
Putting together a group chat can seem a little intimidating at first, but here are a few tips to get the ball rolling and the chat messaging! You may also want to let your instructor know that you would like to create a group chat for the class, especially if it is a seminar or small class. We recommend creating a GroupMe or WhatsApp.
After the first two weeks of classes, the people in your class will most likely stay the same. At this point, you could consider sharing a link to a GroupMe or WhatsApp that you created at the beginning of a class session once folks have arrived, telling people that all are welcome.
Or, you can verbally bring up the group chat at the beginning or end of class, sending along a link to make sure folks know where to join.
If your professor checks in with everyone at the start of class, that would be another perfect time to bring up the group chat as a means of communication!
Also, consider asking the class preceptor/TA to send out the link for the group chat.