As a young parent returning to college, I never considered becoming involved on my campus outside of the classroom. But then I realized what a difference it could make.

College today is a heck of a lot different than the experience parents might have had. Registering in person? Handwritten papers? No GIF-laden study distractions?! Things sure were different.

When I started community college, I had a hard time making friends. But have no fear! Here’s what I learned about social success at college.