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Perfecting Your Social Media Presence 


 June 28, 2016

You hear it all the time from your parents and your teachers: Think before you post! While it may sound like nagging, this is sound advice for students.


Social media took the world by storm, and now we live our lives online and share more about ourselves than ever before.

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram allow us to share our thoughts, feelings and daily lives with a large circle of friends, and sometimes people we don’t really know.

Some people live for likes and stress about perfecting their online images. Others post rapidly, not even pausing to proofread their words.

Social media culture can be positive and beneficial to you if you let it, but it can also destroy your hopes and dreams.

Colleges sometimes look at a prospective student’s online presence along with admission materials. According to a study of about 45 schools, almost 70 percent google students and 86 percent review social media.  

Did you just get scared?

Take a deep breath. It’s all going to be fine.

Schools do not make admission decisions based on all those embarrassing pages you “liked” when you were in middle school. Your cat memes are not going to deny you acceptance to your dream school.

A few examples of what might be red flags for colleges include complaining about a teacher, illegal activity, bullying fellow classmates or having too many grammatical errors.

To throw all of the clichés your way, think before you post something online. Make sure you want your grandparents to see it. Grandma has Google too, you know.  

You can still be yourself on social media, just be sure it is the person you want the world to know.

As you may know from trips down someone else’s timeline, a digital impression is both detailed and lasting. Make sure yours is a good one. 


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