Social networking Web sites such as Facebook and Myspace are gaining popularity by leaps and bounds, and Fort Hays State University is embracing the trend by launching its own social networking site called "TigerConnect."
"In today's society, social networking is a thriving component to making friends and staying in touch," said Jillian Tatum, Burden junior and orientation advisor. "TigerConnect gives incoming students the opportunity to guide one another through the transition from high school to college."
TigerConnect will allow first-year students to find information about campus activities and become a part of the FHSU community. The goal is to help students adjust to college life and engage in their education.
"Students will be able to connect with each other to make friends, form study groups, have discussions and find others with similar interests," said Dr. Tisa Mason, vice president of student affairs. "It's like an ongoing orientation for college life."
The site will allow students to discuss university events, set personal and academic goals, track their progress, participate in contests, meet new people and even find out more about themselves with quizzes designed to show their personal learning style and the most effective ways to study.
"I can't wait to see more students getting involved with this awesome addition to the first year experience," said Tatum.