Tip #12: Relationships

Establishing relationships is a part of developing social competency for college students.

Relationships can be established with class mates, new friends, instructors, college staff, counselors, advisors, administrators and anyone else connected to the college.

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.

  • Internal Links to Relationships

    The Learning Skills and Tutoring Center offers College Success Workshops that address healthy relationships.

    Student life and campus activities are abundant at Sacramento City College. The Office of Student Leadership and Development offers a comprehensive program of activities and involvement opportunities for students to participate in student life.

  • External Links to Relationships

    WikiHow provides an article and discussion about establishing relationships in college.

  • Sources

    The Community College Experience by Amy Baldwin (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005).

    Cornerstone: Building on Your Best, 4th Ed., by Robert M. Sherfield, Rhonda J. Montgomery, and Patricia G. Moody (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005).

    Becoming a Master Student, 10th Ed., by Dave Ellis (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003).

    Dartmouth’s Academic Skills Center