Every college student, regardless of their personality, will have a large amount of relationships to manage throughout their college careers. These relationships, whether professional or non-professional, develop as a result of the people and places that you’ve encountered.
You’ll often hear about the importance of networking, preserving important connections, and establishing relationships that will lead you into a career path. Parents, mentors, and other well-meaning adults will be sure that you hear no shortage of this.
However, often times there is little to no insight given on the importance of managing relationships outside of the professional realm. How do you engage your friends that you’ve known for years? Do you have healthy relationships with your peers? How do you value your parents, guardians, and caretakers?
Your answers to these kinds of questions will have a profound impact on your overall social, emotional, and mental health as a college student who is growing and adapting to changing circumstances everyday.
Some of the most common pitfalls that college students fall into with managing relationships are taking things for granted, failing to be explicit about the goals of relationships, and allowing differences in personality serve as an excuse for why relationships fail.
Therefore, one of the single most important skills you can learn as a college student is being able to manage relationships. This will be a skill that continues to take on new meaning, as society’s trends and norms shift. Today’s shifts in expectation for communication and connection are noteworthy.
We understand the gravity and importance of managing relationships at the college level, that’s why we were sure to include valuable info about it in our e-book, A How-To Guide to Maximizing Your College’s Resources. In the book, we even offer an activity in the book for you to practice what you preach.
We hosted a free webinar that included valuable insight around common pitfalls, the foundations of good relationships, and other information about managing relationships at the college level. You can find it on our Youtube channel, here. It’ll be available below too.
Some students really think they need more assistance managing relationships, and that’s perfectly fine. Reach out to us via our contact form to learn more ways that we can assist you.