Last week, Full Sail’s business programs hosted the second annual Campus Connection, a two-day event for online students featuring workshops, panels, and special mentoring sessions.
“Being an online student can be very isolating, so this event gives those students a chance to see the campus, meet some of their instructors for the first time, and meet other students as well. It also provides a sense of community, and it’s an extra boost to help them stay motivated. That extra encouragement is what we’re going for,” said Jackie Otero, Program Director for the Entertainment Business program.
Campus Connection kicked off on Thursday with a VIP campus tour, where visiting students were treated to the sights and sounds of campus while getting to know each other. Later, they took part in one-on-one faculty mentoring sessions designed to introduce them to their instructors and provide feedback and career advice. They also had a chance to sign up for social media head shots on the backlot.
Panel offerings included a crash course in social networking best practices, a DIY Creator’s Bootcamp, and an in-depth analysis of the successes and failures of artists like The Beatles and Michael Jackson. Students who were unable to make it to campus had the option to stream content via GoToTraining.
“The streamed sessions were super active,” said Jackie. “We were all trading Linkedin information and Twitter handles. It felt like there was a nice little community connection, even for the students who were’t about to be there in person.”
The event culminated with a very special edition of the Social Scene, a monthly event put on by Music Business students in the Concert Management class. The event was open to all business students, and featured live music as well as prizes and networking opportunities.
Entertainment Business Master’s student Sherlenia Mitchell drove down for the event from her home near Fort Knox, KY.
“I just started my last month of class. It goes by fast! But I also needed something to get me through that last little bit. It’s human nature for people to see the light at the end of the tunnel and then just kind of dwindle or slack off. I didn’t want that. I’ve worked too hard this past year to get where I am, so I figured this would be a great opportunity to reignite that flame that made me want to come here in the first place. So the 15-hour drive was worth it.”