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Social Media as an Avenue to Achieving Sense of Belonging Among College Students
Elizabeth A. Vincent
College students sometimes struggle with feeling connected to their peers on
college campuses, as college is often a time of transition. However the
widespread use of social media provides new and more accessible opportunities
to facilitate social connections. The current article explores student use of social
media on college campuses and provides recommendations, highlighted through
a case vignette, for college counselors to assist their clients in using social media
as a tool to enhance sense of belonging on campus.
Keywords: belonging, college students, social media, social connectedness