The image you present of yourself on different social media sites paints a picture of who you appear to be. Think about whether this is the person you really are and consider if this is the you college admissions committees will want to get to know.
It is now undeniable that social media plays a role in college admissions. According to Kaplan Test Prep’s 2016 College Admissions Officers Survey of almost 400 admissions officers, 40% of admissions officers looked at an applicant’s social media pages to learn more about them.
Think about who else could be looking at your online profile. Teachers writing your letters of recommendation, guidance counselors, coaches, potential college roommates and future employers may form an impression of you based on your online photos, videos and postings. Make sure you aren’t represented in a way you would be uncomfortable sharing with any of these people.
Also remember that what you put on the internet is there for good and there’s no guarantee your privacy is secure. Next time you’re getting ready to tweet or post a photo on Facebook or Snapchat, make the connection and think about how you’d feel if your parents, teachers or college interviewer saw your message. Ultimately, it’s your own responsibility to protect yourself and communicate an image on social media you feel good about.
Here a few tips to consider before you begin the college process:
- 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.
- 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 and instead, use social media to work for you in a positive way to help get you one step closer to an acceptance letter from the college of your choice.