Why are Relationships important?
It is important to student success for students to establish a rapport and relationships not only with their fellow students in the form of friendships, but also with faculty and college staff who can serve as mentors and advisors as students navigate the college system.
One way students can get to know instructors better is to make use of an instructor’s office hours. Instructors are required to be available a number of hours per week for students to visit to follow-up on class discussions and to ask questions material presented in class. Becoming involved with student life and campus activities, including clubs and organizations and student government to name a few, is another good way in which to interact with and develop relationships with college faculty and staff, as well as, fellow students. Building a rapport with college faculty and staff can provide students with an opportunity to seek letters of recommendation for scholarships, employment and transfer to a university.