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Making Connections with Friends in a More Distant World

Published: Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Let’s be real, social distancing is tough, especially when it comes to making connections with friends. Looking to improve your friendships or create new ones? Join in on some interactive and nourishing virtual programs and workshops to up your quality time with others.

“As a result of physical distancing regulations, many of us have struggled to adjust to the new virtual social world,” said Counseling and Psychological Services Peer Program Coordinator and Beach Buddies Coordinator, Gloria Flores. “I think the transition has been challenging, but students are resilient and have been learning to cope with the help of each other.”

Flores’ Tips for Social-Distanced Friendships

  1. Reaching Out: Even when it’s difficult make it a point to show you care
  2. Communication is Key: If you’re unsure how a friend is feeling simply ask
  3. Be Creative: Try video-calls, online games or watching shows together
  4. Practice Self-Care: Social connection helps to decrease stress levels and feel grounded


Peer Networking Services for You:

Community Spaces: Talk to other’s experiencing the same things as you. Find your community, meetings include Rainbow Café (LGBTQIA+), Butterfly healing Circles (Dreamers), International Students, Latinas @ the Beach, Beach Parents, Black Table Talk, and First at the Beach.

Beach Buddy Program: Receive peer-to-peer mentoring from another Long Beach State student. Express what’s on your mind such as your academics, career plans or hobbies.

Let’s Talk Series: Meet one-on-one with a counselor and assess your mind state and get in-touch with your number one! Discuss various topics like stress-reduction, “quaran-tigue,” first year questions, transfer status, race, gender or sexuality. All sessions are confidential and are with CAPS counselors.

Beach Pride Events (BPE): Attend student-centered zoom game nights, poetry lounges, bingo days, scavenger hunt challenges and many more fun events. For more information head over to


Don’t wait, get connected with others in your Beach community today! To learn more about fall outreach programs offered by the Beach head to the ASI event calendar here, or go to the CAPS page on BeachSync.