Today's Update: Wednesday, February 24

February 24, 2021

Dear Student Life Team, One of the more critical impacts of COVID is the difficulty for students to meet others on campus. It’s been harder for them to make new friends.  

These connections are a core aspect of their college experience and are important to students’ mental wellness. That’s why Student Life’s Student Activities team has created the Buckeye Connections program, an opportunity for fun, relaxed conversations facilitated by student leaders with the simple goal of helping students build their network of friends on campus. 

When registration initially opened, 179 students signed up to participate. Now, students can begin signing up for our next set of sessions which will start on Monday, March 8, and run through Friday, April 9. The website is go.osu.edu/buckeyeconnections and I encourage you to refer students who you think might benefit. 

Students can select from two tracks of topic areas.  

The Build Your Buckeye Community track is made up of small groups of 6 to 9 students with one student facilitator. This track focuses on relationship building, wellness, getting involved and peer connections. Buck-I-SERV's Connor Jones oversees this segment.   

The Build Your Buckeye Network track focuses on professional connections and networking with alumni and professional staff. Beth Johnson of Buckeye Leadership Fellows oversees this track.  

Our hope is that, through the connections they make, students will feel more engaged with and connected to the Ohio State community, which contributes to retention and overall student success. 

This is a Scarlet and Great example of how COVID has led us to find new and innovative ways to support our students. 

Melissa