With Marian’s accelerated nursing program in Nashville and nursing school in Indianapolis, you are blessed with opportunities to make great connections within your cohort. All those in your cohort are determined future nurses like yourself, but the connection you have doesn’t stop there. Creating bonds with your classmates is a great way to network in nursing school and also helps you succeed, as support is very important throughout the process of becoming a nurse. If you are looking for ways to connect with your cohort, check out this list of tips to follow to build better friendships (and a great professional network) with your fellow future nurses:
1. Make Study Time Fun: Getting together with members of the same cohort for study sessions is a great way to make studying memorable and fun. Studying can be made fun by taking occasional breaks to talk and get to know one another. Trade off days for who is responsible for bringing coffee or get together at the coffee shop to change your study environment. Your peers will always remember if you were able to help them understand complex subjects and will be more likely to offer you a professional recommendation in the future.
2. Get Together Outside of School: Nursing school is an amazing place to meet new people from all walks of life. You can make lasting friendships with people that have similar interests and career paths as you. Years down the road, you will be glad you nurtured friendships with your fellow cohort members because they can be great connections down the road. So take time to get together with people from your class in addition to spending time together in school. Networking is very important in nursing school, but that doesn’t mean it has to be formal and stuffy.
3. Find a Roommate: Future nurses can be great roommates for one another. You will have similar schedules and will be going through a bunch of huge life transitions together. If you are moving to Indianapolis or Nashville for nursing school, reach out to members of your cohort to see if they are in need of a roommate. Chances are, someone in the group will be open to living together. Living with someone in your cohort allows easy access to studying together, getting to school together and helping one another stay on track. It also is a great way to save some extra money, and you’ll have the added bonus of keeping each other accountable for studying, waking up on time and being prepared.
4. Carpool with your Cohort: Share the road in nursing school and carpool with members of your cohort. Not only are you doing something positive for the environment by cutting emissions, but you are also getting time to talk to friends in your cohort. Carpooling is also a great way to save money on gas during the school year.
5. Celebrate Together: Any accomplishment or holiday is a great time to celebrate with your cohort! Get together for a cookie bake-off during the winter holidays, celebrate good grades on a hard test together and go out to lunch for one another’s birthdays. No occasion is too little to celebrate with the future nurses in your life. Sharing times of excitement and pride is good for bonding, and you’ll feel great when all of your friends are cheering you on when you ace a test.
If you are ready to build lasting relationships and become a nurse, learn more about our 16-month accelerated nursing programs.