It’s essential to be aware that simply by being on social media sites you are conveying an image of yourself. Is this who you really are? Is this who you want to present to college admissions committees?
According to Kaplan Test Prep’s 2012 College Admissions Officers Survey, 27% of admissions officers Googled an applicant to learn more about them and 26% visited an applicant’s social networking page such as Facebook. 35% of admissions officers who Googled or visited an applicant’s Facebook page discovered something about the applicant that negatively impacted their application.
As you approach the college admissions process, think of who else could be looking at your online profile or Googling you. Teachers writing your letters of recommendation, guidance counselors, coaches, potential college roommates and future employers may also be looking at you online.
Much has been said about social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, Pinterest and Vine and how it impacts college applications. Your social media presence is a very important consideration now. Make sure you aren’t represented in a way you would be uncomfortable sharing with your admissions rep or an alum interviewer! Before you begin the college process, consider doing the following:
- Make sure your profile photo conveys the image you want to project.
- Delete photos that you wouldn’t share with your grandmother.
- Untag inappropriate photos of yourself.
- Remove yourself from any controversial groups that you don’t want to be defined by.
- Don’t write anything that you wouldn’t want an admissions rep to read.
- Only use social media sites to highlight positive things about yourself.
Think about who you are and the person you would like admissions officers to get to know. Project an image you are proud of. Don’t let social media negatively impact your admissions process—use social media to get yourself one step closer to an acceptance letter from the college of your choice.