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How to make friends when you study from home

Posted on 29/03/2017 by

One of the best ways to make friends when studying from home is to call your classmates at least once a week.

Are you scared you will become a social recluse if you study from home?

Don’t worry – there are plenty of ways to make friends when you study tourism via distance learning. You just have to get a little creative.

Here are some of our favourite ways to expand your social circle, both online and offline, when you study from home with ITC.

1. Attend Study From Home’s Orientation Day

We host an Orientation Day at the beginning of every Study From Home qualification. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet your tutors and your classmates and get your studies off to a social start.

You do need to make your way to Auckland for the Orientation Day, but we will give you plenty of time to book ahead so you can secure affordable transport and (hopefully!) stay with friends or family.

If you can’t attend our Orientation Day, don’t worry – you can email us a video introduction instead.

2. Organise an ‘e-meeting’ with your classmates

There are so many ways to ‘e-meet’ people online. Arrange a Skype date with your classmates, use FaceTime, or create a class group on WhatsApp, Viber or Facebook.

Make the most of social media to get to know other people on the same course. After exchanging a few Snapchats, it’ll feel like you’ve been friends for years!

3. Pick up the phone

Take it “old school” and give your classmates a call. You could form a wonderful friendship with someone just by chatting on the phone once a week. Schedule in a regular chat to exchange study notes and catch up on life.

4. Join a local coffee group

Do you study from home because you have little ones? Connect with local mums by joining a coffee group nearby. This is a great chance to get out of the house and meet like-minded souls. Your kids will make new friends, too.

5. Volunteer for work experience

Make friends in the tourism industry and give your career a headstart at the same time by volunteering for work experience. Offer to help out at a nearby business once a month or as a one-off.

You’ll get a glimpse into the tourism industry and make new friends – a win-win situation.

6. Switch up your study space

Just because you study from home doesn’t mean you need to stay at home all the time. Take your study notes to your local library or a nearby cafe every now and then. Chances are you’ll run into other people studying or working from home.

At the very least, you might make friends with your barista!

7. Get a part-time job

If you study from home part-time, you’ll probably have the flexibility to apply for a part-time job. This is a great way to earn some money while you study and maintain your social life.

Look for part-time jobs in the tourism industry or in customer service. These will set you up well for your first full-time tourism role after graduating.

We hope these tips help you make friends when you study from home. We know it’s not always easy, but the flexibility of setting your own study schedule is often worth the extra effort.

Remember: you don’t need to see people in person for them to become close friends. With social media and modern technology, you can meet new people all over the country. Good luck!

Study From Home is enrolling now for airline, travel and tourism courses beginning in May 2017. Contact us today to register your interest.

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