A book cover for Connections Are Everything: A College Student's Guide to Relationship-Rich Education, by Peter Felten, Leo M. Lambert, Isis Artze-Vega, and Oscar R. Miranda Tapia

Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023 (coming in late spring)

A practical guide to building the connections students need to thrive in and after college from the authors of the best-selling Relationship-Rich Education.

Decades of research demonstrate how important relationships with peers, professors, and staff are for students academically, personally, and professionally. Even one significant relationship can make all the difference. Yet many students lack the strategies to develop educationally purposeful relationships in college. Connections Are Everything shows students the simple steps they can take to make their own college experience meaningful and transformational. In short, practical chapters, this guide helps readers learn how to build relationships through various strategies, such as seeking out brief “mentoring conversations” that can have a big impact, building a constellation of mentors, and participating in “relationship accelerators” like internships, undergraduate research, and campus employment.

Undergraduate demographics have changed dramatically as students of color and first-generation students become the new majority at colleges and universities across the United States. Connections are particularly significant for these students; the positive—and negative—impacts of peer, faculty, and staff relationships are magnified. Higher education cannot meet students’ needs or achieve equity, justice, and inclusion without relationship-rich education. Drawing on interviews with undergraduates from across the U.S., the authors empower students to seek out relationships by demystifying the varied ways they can cultivate significant connections.

The online version of this book will be free to read thanks to a generous grant from the Gardner Institute.

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