Social interactions in school benefit student success


By Freddy Monares

The student body at East Los Angeles College should be used as a support group for one another because most students are going through similar experiences.

Interacting with one another with substantial topics for conversation can help students put goals into perspective and can help the psychological state of another student.

In April 2010, the United States National Library of Medicine published a study to measure happiness entitled, “Eavesdropping on Happiness: Well-being is Related to Having Less Small Talk and More Substantive Conversations.”

The study recorded 79 undergraduates with an Electronically Activated Recorder(EAR). The digital audio recorder tracked real-world behavior by periodically recording ambient sounds while participants went about their daily activities.

The findings of the study showed that “happy life” is related to social interactions rather than being isolated from a population. Furthermore, that lifestyle is associated with substantial conversation opposed to superficial talk such as, “The weather is nice today.”

The interaction over Facebook and text messages between cellphones is deemed sufficient to most, but lacks the face-to-face necessity for human beings. The sharing of emotions when present with another person does something different from sending emoticons to one another over the Internet.

The troubles of transferring and meeting deadlines are a common topic on community college campuses. Students should be able to find at least one other student in any given class who is in the same situation as theirs.

Aside from the counseling office, this is another resource for students to take advantage of.

Conversations with substance, such as transferring to a university, act as motivators and allow students to hold other students with similar goals accountable.

Another student who may have experienced the same problems may be able to solve relatable issues encountered while transferring to a university.

Students at ELAC are surrounded with a plethora of other students who share similar goals of transferring to a university. ELAC students are all in a similar boat, trekking through the unknown sea of upper-level education.

Aside from helping one another with the transfer process, students can find support groups in other students.

Pressures of balancing work and family are also common for any college student. Finding another student who is willing to listen to important problems acts as therapy and allows one to vent frustrations.

Students with no guidance and no one to motivate them on their journey to higher education can fall off track.

Students should be able to confide in other students to listen and use one another as their support group for troubling issues.

Having a fellow student with you through the process of transferring and balancing college life will help alleviate the pressures of the college experience.

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