Three ways to maintain a social life when you study from homePosted on 04/11/2015 by Jess O'Connor
Distance learning is a great way to gain a qualification in airline, travel or tourism. It offers the flexibility to study in your own place, at your own pace, making it perfect for busy people juggling part-time jobs, children and other commitments.
That said, studying from home doesn’t come without its challenges. Although it’s great to be able to work on the couch in your slippers, some people miss the social interaction that comes with on-campus learning.
The good news is, there’s plenty of ways you can maintain a healthy social life and meet new friends – all it takes is a little motivation!
Connect with classmates
You may be studying at home alone, but you’ll still have classmates! Reach out to other people on your course via email or social media. You’ll be able to compare notes, share tips and chat about the curriculum with someone who understands exactly what you’re studying.
Many lasting friendships are forged this way. Despite the distance and different schedules, you’ll still have plenty in common with your fellow students. You’ll also get a chance to meet them in person when you attend Orientation Day.
Seek out work experience opportunities
Work experience is a wonderful way to meet new people AND fast track your career. Get some excellent references for your CV by volunteering for work experience at a local airline, travel or tourism company.
You never know what career opportunities might come from handing out your CV at nearby businesses and asking if they would like some help for a day or two. It will allow you to practice your customer service skills, make a great first impression and ensure you get plenty of social interaction.
Set monthly ‘social goals’
It’s easy to go weeks without seeing anyone when you’ve got a long list of assignments and tests. But, every now and then it’s important to put down your books and get out of the house for a dose of light-hearted fun.
We know it can be hard to fit in a social life around work and study, so we suggest setting one or two social goals a month – this is realistic and won’t take you away from your assignments for too long.
So what is a social goal? It could be meeting a friend for coffee, attending a networking event, hosting a dinner party – anything that prioritises spending time with friends and family for fun. You’ll be amazed at how much this improves your productivity and sense of wellbeing.
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