If pictures can tell a thousand words, admission office aren’t the only ones who can now come up with stories just by looking at the students posts and how they behave online. Everyone can be in trouble if they are not extra careful with what they post online. Be extra selective with what your online posts consist of.
Google is like god online — everyone goes there when they need help with ANYTHING.
In this case, google is the god of the answer of whether students are good enough for the university or not.
When you type someone’s names on the google search bar, you more than likely are going to discover their online life through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or blog posts.
The “They Loved Your G.P.A The They Saw Your Tweets” article got me when it stated “As certain high school senior with meticulously this month to finish their early application to colleges, some may not realize that comments they casually make online could negatively affect their prospect.”
Not Realizing. Remember that everything goes online — and it will stay online — and most of them are publicly accessible. Even if you are probably just kidding with your friends, little do you know you are being watched online.
Here is a link to the article from ABC.com about the teen charged with terrorist threat, whom originally was joking with his friend. But, again, Facebook is not belonging just to your family — everyone can view what the post says.
“Someone had said something to the effect of ‘Oh you’re insane, you’re crazy, you’re messed up in the head,’ to which he replied ‘Oh yeah, I’m real messed up in the head, I’m going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts,’ and the next two lines were lol and jk.,” said Carter.
With dumb comments online, Justin Carter is now serving 8 years in prison. Carter more than likely will also miss his college experience.
Colleges are receiving more applications than ever and it is become more competitive. Knowing that, students should put their energy and effort into making sure you are well prepared academically. When it comes to Facebook, be smart about your privacy settings and controlling exactly who has access.
Use the “grandparent test”—if you wouldn’t want your grandparents to see it, don’t put it online! This applies to your blog, Facebook profile and photos, Twitter tweets and Blog posts. You can use the Internet to express yourself and show admissions committees your passion. If you’re a photographer or artist, post pictures. Musicians, start a Facebook page talking about your music.
- Post appropriate pictures of yourself and family.
- Passion about your hobbies and things you enjoy (appropriately).
- Meet new people and reconnect with old ones.
- Negatively comment about your job, co-workers and boss.
- Post inappropriate or illegal activities and pictures.
- Too much detail of what you are doing, everyday.
- Inside jokes of you and your good friends.