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Joining the Full Sail Family: How to Connect with Future Classmates

Signing up for the Schools App, perusing social networking sites, and organizing meetups are great ways to make new friends before school begins.

One of the most exciting aspects of entering college is the opportunity to meet new people from all walks of life – and as an incoming student, you have many potential friendships awaiting you. However, we know that making connections can be more difficult than it sounds. You’re busy; preparing for college takes a lot of time and effort. You’re also in a state of transition. Maybe you’re feeling a bit shy or overwhelmed, or you’re just not sure where to meet people with similar interests.

At Full Sail, we take community seriously, and we want to make sure you have the resources and encouragement you need to feel like an integral part of our family. Here are a few tips to help you start meeting your future classmates now, in hopes that you’ll recognize a few friendly faces by the time you arrive on campus.

Join the Full Sail Schools App.

The Schools app is a simple way to connect with future classmates. Once you have confirmed your degree program start date, you will get an invite to join the Schools app; it’s free to join, takes just a few minutes to set up, and can be accessed on the web or with a mobile app.

When you register, you’ll be asked to specify what town you’re from, what degree you’re interested in, and what year you expect to graduate. You’ll also have the opportunity to write a few lines about your personal or professional interests.

Once you’re logged in, you can browse the School Feed for inspiration or interesting conversations. You can also ask questions — anything from “What microphone should I invest in to record my own vocal tracks?” to “Who else here is looking forward to the Psychology of Play class?”

The app also includes a student directory, which allows you to search for classmates by major, hometown, and personal interest (such as club affiliations, hobbies, and musical or sports preferences).

Didn’t get the invite? Don’t worry, just message us here and we can get you set up.

Organize or attend a meetup.

The Full Sail family extends throughout the U.S. and across multiple continents; so depending on where you’re located, you may be surprised to find an array of fellow Full Sailors living and working in your own town.

You can check out the “Meetup” section on the Schools App – or browse other social networking sites like LinkedIn or Meetup.com – to see if there are any Full Sail get-togethers currently scheduled in your area. If not, consider organizing one! It can be as simple as putting out an invitation to gather for coffee at a local hangout.

Remain proactive.

“Actively looking for friends,” writes columnist Ann Friedman in an essay for The Guardian, “does not make you a loser or mean you are trying too hard. It means you’re social and resilient.”

Making college friends might come easily to you, or it may require some trial and error. Just remember that while everyone works differently, we do all share a common desire for friendship and connection. You’re not alone. You're in good company.

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