Building a college community while taking classes online

Thursday, August 27, 2020
Written by: Emily Hollingshead

Online classes offer flexibility and convenience, and with your busy schedule those aspects must take priority. However, sitting at your computer can be a lonely experience and you may miss the feeling of comradery that goes along with attending classes in person. While nothing can completely replace the feeling of being in the room, you can still build a strong community with your fellow Raiders while online, to benefit you now and in the future.

Reach out for help

Your professors are some of your greatest cheerleaders at Seminole State College of Florida, as well as one of your greatest resources. If you are having trouble with the syllabus or need clarification, reach out to your professors for help. If your problem goes beyond the classroom, they can point you to the right program or department at the College to get the help you need.

If you need help planning your educational goals, Student Services is available to assist virtually. With help around admissions, advising, financial aid, registration and more, Student Services can help you carve your path at Seminole State.

Don’t study alone

Seminole State has partnered with CircleIn so students can study remotely, collaborate with classmates and connect with tutors.

There are better ways to study than just by yourself, and through CircleIn online students can now take advantage of group study sessions just like everyone else. Seminole State has partnered with CircleIn so students can study remotely, collaborate with classmates and connect with tutors. Through the canvas portal, students can earn points by uploading notes, studying and creating flashcards giving them a chance to earn rewards and potential scholarships from the company.

Also, the Academic Success Center is dedicated to helping all Seminole State students achieve their educational goals. Through live Zoom sessions with the tutoring staff, the center can help students wherever there is internet. Join in on group Zoom tutoring sessions for professional and peer help in conquering that next math problem or essay topic. By utilizing video technology, you can still have a face-to-face experience to help you in your educational pursuits.

Get involved

Just because you are taking classes online, doesn’t mean you don’t have a chance to take part and find likeminded individuals. Are you interested in trivia? Writing? Video games? Whatever it is, Seminole State has a club for you to join virtually. Many clubs hold virtual events, and through RaiderConnect you can connect with others who share your interests!

Your online status doesn’t need to keep you from connecting with others while you are a student here, or even after the fact! The Alumni Association provides benefits and services for all alumni of Seminole State and offers an excellent way to network and connect with fellow Raiders throughout your career. It is never too late to get involved, so you can still build your network of friends and support here at the College.

About Seminole State College

Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965, serves nearly 30,000 students across six sites in Central Florida. A comprehensive college, Seminole State has awarded more than 100,000 credentials, from bachelor's degrees to high school diplomas, and offers more than 200 degrees, certificates and programs designed for success. For more about the college, visit
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About the Office of Student Life

The Office of Student Life at Seminole State, which has offices on all four campuses, oversees more than 50 student clubs and organizations, provides free student activities and entertainment, and hosts leadership retreats for students. For more information, please visit the Student Life website.