So­cial Me­dia and the Col­lege Ac­cep­tance Process

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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!

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