Social Media and the College Acceptance Process
You worked hard all year to maintain a great GPA. Your SAT scores came in just where you needed them! You smile because, now, being accepted into your “reach” school should be a done deal. Life is good! …And then they saw your selfie! Applying to colleges is extremely time consuming and stressful. You andnd d your parents go on college visits,ts s, youy you pay to attend SAT prep classes,s, , youy you build your profilee an andnd you work, hopee an andnd pray for an awesomeomo me GPA. You think you have all bases covered, but do you? Social Media is becoming increasingly important to Admissions Offices across the country. In addition to checking your GPA, they are checking that article you shared with your friend. They are checking your late night Instagram post just like they are checking your detailed list of extra-curricular activities. College admissions officers are increasingly searching for applicants’ names via social media. The officers admit that they visit social networking profiles of those seeking enrollment. Your Tweets, Vines, Instagram photos, Facebook posts and more may very well be the difference between your acceptance or denial. What would your posts say about you? New research from Kaplan Test Prep says about 30% of admissions officers say that they have searched for applicants via Google and/ or social media sites. Put yourself in the shoes of an admissions officer for a moment. If you have to choose between two students with similar resumes, where would you turn to find more information on the applicants to aid in your decision? Admissions officers know that social media is the first place that young people go to display their personal lives. Before you press “post,” think about the content of your photo, status or video. Here are some things to think about before sharing with the world: What does this photo imply? Does this photo show good character or does it show actions that would not be looked upon favorably? Would you be embarrassed if a family member saw this photo? Is this photo one that your parents would be proud to share with their friends? Does this post reflect what you shared in your essay and resume? If you are involved with community service, post about that. If you are a member of a sports team, share your accomplishments.accomplishments accomplishments. Be sure that y your posts reflect your hard work. Share articles of substancee.. substance. F Facebook has become a hub of article ssh sharing. With articles from Gaaw Gawker, Buzzfeed, ThThThoughtThought Catalog, a and Huffington Post becoming mmo more interesting annddand gearedg toward hi high school and co college students, it’ it’s easy to share in interesting news w with your friends. H However, some of th these articles can ha have negative or taboo content. Be sure to read the article before sharing it on your Timeline. Using social media is an excellent way to share your photos of vacation, fun times with your friends, and to show your school spirit. As long as you are conscious of the photos and words being used, social media can be a great representation of you. Let the best side of you shine!