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Friendships Help College Students Succeed

from Inside Higher Ed

Ask college students about their social life and academic life, and you're likely to get some variation of this answer: social time is social time. Study time is study time. Keep them separate and balanced. In reality, college student friendships are much more complicated than that. That's what Janice McCabe found in her decade-long study, the results of which were recently published in a book, "Connecting in College: How Friendship Networks Matter for Academic and Social Success" (University of Chicago Press). Sometimes friends could be hindrances to academic success, but they often provided support too, whether students were studying in groups or encouraging each other to wake up before an 8 a.m. class. more


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