You'd be surprised at just how social a worldwide online animation school can be! Honestly, when I first began Animation Mentor, I didn't think that an online school could be anywhere near as social as a real life campus. The reality, however, is that I've come out of Animation Mentor with new friends and colleagues from all over the world. I've even gotten the chance to work with some of them in the industry!
I've often said that my favorite part of Animation Mentor is the critiques. I don't just mean the mentor critiques, as awesome as those are. Having a community of people who love animation as much as I do constantly looking at my work and giving me feedback is an incredible resource.
There's only one catch: you have to participate. Like any school, you get out what you put in. So, if you decide to enroll in Animation Mentor, make a point to get involved in the community.
Check out other people's work, give them critiques, ask questions in your Q and A, and post on the forums. You'll find that others will respond, and before you know it, you'll be making friends -- and possibly lifelong contacts.