Social Media and College Applications

More and more frequently, social media is the reason people are getting jobs, losing jobs or being turned down from jobs.  Social media can be extremely beneficial, but also very harmful depending on how you portray yourself.  Many students have the wrong idea that since they are not applying for jobs at the moment, there is no need to filter their social media use.  This is not true because everyone is using social media to get an impression of you, including college admissions offices.  For this reason, it is important for students to have a good online presence.  It is also important though that students understand they can use social media during the college application process as well.  Read on for some tips on how to maximize your social media use during the college application process.

Admissions Offices Check Online

College admissions offices will not be looking at every single applicant, they just don’t have the time, but they will use social media when deciding on someone, if they hear something about them or if they have been deferred.  Depending on how you portray yourself online, these searches can help you.

Allows You to Check Your School

Remember that using social media to check something or someone out goes both ways.  Many schools now have a Twitter or Facebook with information about the school and provide a way to network with fellow students.  Use these tools to help you choose a school, get acquainted and even meet people.

Constantly Update and Filter Any “Not Safe For Grandma” Content

As a rule of thumb, if you would not want your grandma to see what is on your profile, then don’t put it on there.  If you must have things that may not be appropriate, then at least go to your settings and make those things private and only allow certain people to see them.  Take a second to Google yourself.  Make sure what comes up is what you would want most people to see.  If not, check your settings, delete things, take the time to edit yourself and do so often.  As you like or connect with more things or people, your settings can change so be ready to be checking yourself often.

Get Involved

Finally, be involved.  If you are interested in a particular topic, read about it and comment about it.  If you are looking into a few schools, join their conversation, ask questions and get your name out there.  This not only helps you get noticed but also can help with what shows up when people Google you.

Social media is only going to continue to grow, so it is so important to work on your online presence now.  As you start your career, are you really going to want people to be able to see those embarrassing pictures of you in college?  As an adult, it is time to create an online image that represents you in the best possible light.

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Laura Szatkowski

Laura Szatkowski

Laura Szatkowski is a senior at Central Michigan University studying public relations and English. Laura enjoys being busy, juggling work and school, and has plans to one day spend her time traveling abroad. When not busy, Laura, the middle child of three girls, enjoys shopping and spending time with her friends and family.
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