Informal Learning at College

August 21st, 2015

As this year’s college freshmen head off to orientation week, they embark on a journey that will be full of new insights and many different learning opportunities. This New York Times article explores a kind of learning that takes place outside of the classroom- the informal education that college students receive by interacting with their interesting, diverse peers. Nicholas A. Christakis explains why the nature of one’s social life at college can truly shape his/her experience, and why the informal setting might actually be just as important as the classes themselves. “Students learn as much about themselves and about the world from the informal curriculum provided by their friends as they do from the formal curriculum provided by the faculty,” he writes. His advice to college freshmen? “Make friends in new places.”

Making Friends in New Places


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