They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets

from NYTs

At Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Me., admissions officers are still talking about the high school senior who attended a campus information session last year for prospective students. Throughout the presentation, she apparently posted disparaging comments on Twitter about her fellow attendees, repeatedly using a common expletive.

Perhaps she hadn’t realized that colleges keep track of their social media mentions.

“It was incredibly unusual and foolish of her to do that,” Scott A. Meiklejohn, Bowdoin’s dean of admissions and financial aid, told me last week. The college ultimately denied the student admission, he said, because her academic record wasn’t competitive. But had her credentials been better, those indiscreet posts could have scuttled her chances.

“We would have wondered about the judgment of someone who spends their time on their mobile phone and makes such awful remarks,” Mr. Meiklejohn said.

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199 Responses to They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets

  1. Alyson Tom January 29, 2016 at 8:19 pm #

    This article was surprising in the fact that some colleges do not look at prospective student’s social media accounts. Reading this article made me re think about my process of applying to colleges in my senior year of high school. In my high school guidance counselors and teachers constantly told us to make all of our social media accounts private or to remove anything inappropriate from it. Some of my friends even changed their Facebook names to avoid colleges from looking at it.
    I have a hard time imagining how a colleges or business look up and identify the prospective student or employee on social media. From experience there are so many accounts and coincidentally a lot of them might have the same name. I’m not sure how colleges differentiate people but it would not be that great for a prospective student to be judged for something that they might not have done. In addition, I know that sometimes people do make fake accounts of their friends or acquaintances. Sometimes it might just be for a little joke but someone can defiantly harm another person’s reputation if they make a false and negative account.

    Although many might disagree or disapprove the idea of colleges deciding whether or not to accept someone based on social media. It’s very similar to what businesses are doing now. The whole point of college is to prepare students to successfully enter the workforce as young adults. We learn about all aspects of the industry that we are looking to go into and it makes sense for colleges to start applying some of the standard business vetting process into their own application process. This forces students to clean up how they present themselves on social media and allows them to become more aware of what’s acceptable for the real business world. It’s better for students to learn this lesson now rather than learning this lesson later on in life when they get turned down for a job because of a photo containing alcohol or drugs.

    Social media allows companies and schools to get another look at an applicant’s life. Similarly, it can be compared to an interview. A prospective employee would go into an interview looking their absolute best to present a good impression that they’re prepared for the job. Likewise, one should create their social media account to leave their best impression and show that they’re the suitable to represent the company or school. If anything, editing their social media accounts to only show appropriate content can only aid a student or employee in their chances of getting into the school or company.

    The article’s purpose is to let prospective students become more aware on how to conduct themselves on social media. However in today’s society, not only do they have to be wary of their own social media but they just have to be aware of the presence of technology. With everyone having smartphones these days, cameras are everywhere capturing everything. From the good actions of a Samaritan to bad behavior of a school fight, videos taken by bystanders can also affect an individual’s career. Recently, there was a viral video of a drunk women attacking an Uber driver. The women happens to be a 4th year neurology resident and after a couple of drinks and some bad news led her to harass the Uber driver. With the help of social media, this video was viewed over 1.4 million times and her conduct landed her in administrative leave and she was removed from all clinical duties. According to ABC News her employer, the Jackson Health system is even conducting an investigation to determine if any disciplinary action will be taken or even termination. Although she did not post the video herself, her bad choices and inappropriate actions landed her in an unfortunate situation. Social media acted as the catalyst and quickly destroyed her career.

  2. Gerry Kiruthu February 5, 2016 at 7:55 pm #

    Social media in my generation has been the go to place to ramble and rant on what most of us cannot do in a day to day conversation. The emergence of social media platforms have been both iconic and detrimental to its users. In this case, the emergence of social media networks amongst students has been iconic because student was able to connect with her friends instantly and let them know what she was up to in real time via Twitter. The detrimental aspect is that she used social media as an outlet for her negative thoughts and left a digital paper trail in the process.
    As evident with Bowdoin College, colleges are becoming more vigilant with how the students they admit onto their campuses. Firstly, they are looking for more than just academic achievers. They are looking for role models who are going to enhance the community around them, as well as performance in having great test scores, not just the latter by itself. In a recent revelation, top Ivy League schools said that the way to gain admission into their institutions is to do more or rather be more than academic students and to attempt to aspire to be better individuals in the world around them. To aspire to be more and do more than volunteer work at a shelter or a coat/ can drive, but to work in projects that have long lasting positive effects in the communities and environments that they work in. In this case though, they looked at the applicants’ social media activity. The college in this case tracked their social media mentions during that information session in which they found the young lady’s tweets that were less than flattering. The head of admissions at Bowdoin College said that it was not that her academic achievements were not competitive or that she did not have enough extracurricular activities but for the sole reason that she made negative and irresponsible comments on social media.
    According to Kaplan Test Prep, college scrutiny of students’ online activities are growing, meaning that colleges are on the prowl to find irresponsible college hopefuls: bad news for careless applicants. They said that 31 percent of college admissions personnel checked their applicants’ Facebook or other social media accounts to find traces of any negative behavior. As a result, 30 percent of the college officials found incriminating behavior on these social media platforms that jeopardized the students’ chances to gain admission into the school. In my senior year of high school, we were continuously warned about how what we posted on our social media pages because it is widely known that: 1) Whatever we put on the internet on social media in both forms of posts and pictures will always stay online and 2) The colleges we apply to will check our profiles and that may be the determining factor of an acceptance or a rejection.
    The issue of privacy in today’s online world is practically obsolete. The only way to keep up with the times in today’s world is to stay online, to stay connected whether it is with your family and friends, or colleagues and bosses at your workplace. The only way to not have a digital paper trail today is not to be online at all, and that is a bit hard due to the fact that to connect and function efficiently and effectively today, you need to be online.

  3. Katherine Gurski February 5, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

    I have always found the topic of social media very intriguing, so I enjoyed reading this article by Natasha Singer. I grew up in a relatively strict and sheltered household, and my parents did not approve of me getting a smartphone until I was in high school, and my parents were not a fan of me having a Facebook. Naturally, when I ended up reaching the age where I had the power of the internet at my fingertips, I listened to my parents say nonstop to me to watch what I put on the internet. I am not the rebellious type, so I never felt the need to post anything inappropriate on social media. I now find that I hold myself to a higher standard than to post something that is inappropriate on social media. Not only for colleges to see, but I would not want my family, my parents, or potential bosses to see me presenting myself in an unprofessional manner. I loved the quote at the end of the article by seventeen year old Megan Heck, when she says, “If you’ve got stuff online you don’t want colleges to see, deleting it is kind of like joining two more clubs senior year to list on your application to try to make you seem more like the persona they want at their schools” (Singer). This reminds me a lot of people who change their name on Facebook junior and senior year of high school so colleges would have a harder time finding them. I found that to be irrelevant and kind of pointless. My brother never had a Facebook, and even though I had one, I posted on it minimally. I never felt that I had the need to hide anything, so I never changed my name to try to hide from colleges.
    Even if it is not routine at every college to check a prospective student’s social media, I think it is a good habit for everyone to get into to be more careful with what they post on social media. People should remember that it is not going to go away by just untagging or deleting it. If it is something that you don’t want a future employer seeing, then it is probably a good idea not to post it online.
    I found the story at the beginning of this article to be very interesting. I could not believe that someone would post inappropriate things about a campus information session. I agree with the college’s decision to deny the students admittance.
    Overall, people, especially students, need to be more aware of what they post on social media. Social media posts follow you wherever you go, and it is better to not post inappropriate things at all than to try to delete them after they are up in order to make yourself seem like a better person.

  4. John Hatch February 5, 2016 at 8:22 pm #

    Over the summer my uncle, mother and I had a debate about the issue of admissions offices and employers looking at someone’s social media accounts to determine whether or not someone is a proper candidate for the position or school. My Uncle believed that since young adults have been doing the same things for years, they should not be held accountable for the things they put on social media. I find this very hard to believe. It is true that young people will continue to do stupid things because that is just the way the world works. This may be true, but it does not give these people the right to post the stupid things they do or say on social media and not expect employers or schools to have a bad impression of them. Young adults before the internet did not go around flaunting the things they do and say in private, so why should people now be allowed to do this. Some will argue that it is an invasion of privacy, but if one is willing to post these pictures or tweets on the internet, they should know that any person with an internet connection is able to see what they posted. This includes potential employers. You can go out every weekend and get trashed but post nothing on social media, and barely anybody will know. But when one posts pictures of them drunk every weekend, it shows employers that they want to glorify the irresponsible choices they make on their own time, which could affect their performance in the workplace. Also, there is no gain in posting pictures on the internet or tweeting something except a boost in one’s own personal ego, so why post it at all. People are worried about letting all of their friends know that they are having a good time, but they forget to realize that people out in the real world couldn’t care less about you escapades. I believe that this is all because a lack of maturity in young people and should be used by employers to help the hiring process. I wouldn’t want someone working for me who post drunk pictures all the time because it shows that that is the most important thing in their life and their work comes second which is not a good characteristic of an employee.
    One of my friends last year was offered a scholarship to play division 1 hockey. However, halfway through her senior year she posted pictures of herself on Instagram surrounded by alcohol. The school then revoked her scholarship and did not offer her a spot on the team. All of her friends were mad at the school for doing this, but I did not think that the school did anything wrong. Colleges know that all of their students go out and have a good time, but their athletes are held to a higher standard. They can still go out and have a good time, but should be modest about it because they are the most prominent students at their schools. If they go around posting pictures of them at parties, people will have a bad impression of the team and school, and will negatively affect the school. To prevent this then, schools should and have the ability to deny someone because of what they post on the internet.

  5. Andrew Garcia February 5, 2016 at 8:50 pm #

    When you heard in the news that Chipotle in California had salmonella or some type of disgusting virus in its food, did you go back to chipotle? When you heard Bill Clinton cheated on Hilary did you lose trust in him? Essentially these names we can consider brands. Chipotle in itself is proud of its product, from the napkin you use to wipe your mouth to the plastic container you may or may not keep. Once we have lost trust in a brand we look for other options and no longer seek to even hear an apology.
    Similarly, when colleges accept you into their family of highly privileged alumni and state of the art campuses, they have officially placed their stamp or brand on you. You carry this brand in your ID card, on the back of your car in the form of a bumper sticker. You carry it orally in a prideful form and most importantly you carry it physically in the form of experience. They branded you to the world. Their acceptance and place of their mark on you shows the world you are ready and were worthy to be part of that community. Additionally, you represent the college for the rest of your life. Whether at your work place or in a social community, you are now a human ambassador for the college. Statistically you are being monitored and in work form they take it as a sign of success and a stamp of approval placed on you by a major educational institution.
    Colleges stress and place major financial backing in many of their students in the form of scholarships and place major backing behind their admissions office in order to ensure they get the best students from around the globe. You are no longer competing on a local nor a national level but are now at a global level. You face numerous obstacles of comparison from work ethic to GPA and even the misspelling of a word on an application. As many know most of our applications were always exaggerated or as many would say “stretching the truth.” We are told to sell ourselves and sometimes may bend the truth by adding other organizations as the article mentions or even lying. This leads admissions officer to reside on a credible source of information, your social media.
    We live in an evolving era of technology. We have the world at the quick access of our fingers, we publish our daily lives for all to see and unknowingly sign an implied contract of freedom of information every time we publish a picture, tweet or video. We are no longer in a safety net of hidden lives but all institutions knowing that many if not all publish their life’s on social media will seek to that as a deciding factor. If pictures of booze, drugs and dangerous stunts are portrayed they will seek to avoid any of this from coming to neither their campus nor your influence upon others. Furthermore, if you carry this on past their admission office and receive their brand you have become lucky. But now a prestigious employer has hired you and fired you in less than a week due to your habits you brought to the workplace. You now carry the burden of messing up opportunities for future ambassadors from your school. The employer now loses the credibility in the school. We live in an age where our name means everything from credit history to socially being credible. Let’s take this serious and watch what you post on social media.

  6. Miranda Martine February 19, 2016 at 4:14 pm #

    Social media is considered to be one of the biggest revolutions to hit the web. So many people are using it to promote their products or post things about their daily lives. Most of the time people do not realize that the things they post can seriously hurt others or themselves. This article is a huge example of why many social media users do not get a job or get into a college. People do not think about how when they post something it is out there forever and anyone could see it. I believe most people just post things to get likes or favorites. They do not care how those things they post can affect them in the long run. Whenever I am on social media, I always make sure what I post is appropriate and not going to ruin my chances with a future interview for a job. I think it is important that what you post on social media should not portray who you are as a person beyond social media. In a way, I believe you should come off professional. This article shows how colleges do not tolerant negative post that future or even current students post. Freedom of speech is a topic that comes up with posting things on social media, but I believe that that right does not give you the right to post negative things. Clearly the university in this article did not want a student to be accepted if that student was being rude on social media about other students. It’s a great example to show people that social media can affect you negatively.

  7. Samantha Voltmer February 19, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

    Social media is a huge aspect in day to day lives. It nearly affects every aspect of our lives, from politics to cooking. As a result to this integration on social media into our lives it is becoming more and more difficult not to be judged by your presence on social media. What I mean by this is that social media is an extension of who we are now. Whenever I meet someone new we usually immediately follow each other on Instagram or Facebook, and then later when we are by ourselves it is pretty standard that we then “stalk” one another. Not everyone will openly admit to it but nearly everyone does it. Honestly the quickest way to get an understanding of who someone is, what they like doing, and even what food they eat is to look at their various social media platforms.

    Therefore it is only natural that colleges and future employers would view social media as an extension of the person in question and investigate their social media. However realistically it would be virtually impossible for an average sized academic institution to investigate all their applicants’ accounts, unless someone’s sole job was to run basic checks. As this article notes sometimes colleges just check applications of those who were flagged, or just random selections. Regardless if the college you are applying to explicitly state that they check social media, it is always wise to cleanse your accounts before big steps, such as applying to college or getting a job.

    When I was going through the college application process I was warned many a times to make sure that the things that I was posting or commenting wouldn’t damage my reputation for the future. I once heard someone describe it as: don’t post or do anything you wouldn’t want to show your grandmother. It is slightly frightening to think that one post may change the entire course of your future, and I think all should be aware of this reality. I am not saying to completely remove yourself from the world of social media. That would be incredible foolish, considering social media nearly affects every aspect of our lives, and is a great way to connect to others. Rather we need to be conscious of what we are choosing to post. This topic of colleges judging their students by their social media turns into an ethical debate. Some may question if it is ethical to invade the privacy the individuals. However I would argue that the individual in question should know that nothing is truly private, and must be conscious of this fact. The burden is completely on the individual to decide how they want to be received and perceived. Although I do believe that if schools turn down a student’s application due to the content of their social media, they should at least notify the student of the reasoning behind their decision. That way the student might learn from their mistakes and change their ways. Overall one must be extremely cautious before posting anything on social media, someone is always watching.

  8. Vince DeBartolomeis February 19, 2016 at 7:50 pm #

    Today college admissions are extremely competitive. With some schools having acceptance rates below twenty percent, students want to put their best foot forward and show what kind of person they are. However, many students hurt themselves by posting inappropriate content on social media. Although students may not think it’s a big deal or that “everyone’s doing it”, it really does matter. My college counselor in high school used to work in admissions for a few colleges before going to the high school level. She told kids at our school that although many colleges don’t say that they look at prospective student’s social media posts, often admissions workers will do it anyway. By looking at a student’s social media pages, it really gives the college a sense of who the student is outside of the classroom and what is on their transcript. Colleges don’t only look for students that fit their academic criteria, they also look for students that would fit well in their community. And the answer to that question is not in their GPA, it’s on their social media. The students that colleges admit will represent the school whether they recognize it or not. If a student posted a picture drunk and partying at the school, others are going to think that the school is a party school just based on that. So college admissions in turn have to be aware of that and try to attract the best students for their image.
    In my experience, I don’t post too much on social media so I didn’t have too much to worry about going into the admissions process. However, I did notice other kids either cleaning up their profiles or making their accounts private in order to shield their online reputations from colleges. These kids wanted to keep their public reputation of being “fun” and partying while also trying to look good for the colleges that they aspired to attend.
    I thought it was interesting how they discussed the legal aspect of the whole situation. It is very feasible for a student to be mistaken for another when looking online and the student could be misrepresented. This brings legal implications to the university which is not wanted. That is why many schools report that they do not advise admissions departments to look into student’s social media accounts. Even though they may say that they do not check student’s accounts, it is definitely possible for admissions counselors to do it on their own time to see what the student is really like outside of the classroom.
    Overall, students should be more careful about what they put online. Many of them don’t realize that what they post is available to the whole world and can show a lot about them. Like the article mentions, students don’t realize that college admissions departments are not old people that do not understand technology. They are usually younger people that can look into your social media account and see who you really are. Colleges want the best students for the school and their community and if that means looking into students’ social media accounts they will do it.

  9. Moe Jaman February 19, 2016 at 8:15 pm #

    I personally completely agree with the idea of social media background checks. It is a principle that should always stand, “know who you are interacting with”. With colleges now searching the people they are admitting, the qualification game can now alter to a total check of character, which is a game changer. I’ve never supported a simple check of gpa, grades, and tests. The numbers speak only on a few terms such as some level of informational intelligence, obedience, and punctuality. The problem with this method is that colleges don’t really know who they are admitting. What they basically see is that this person can do their work, on time, and learn information well.
    I Support these social media background checks is that it helps identify the many unknown people out in the world. By scrolling though someones posts you can pick up their demeanor, social behavior, as well as habits and activities.
    For example, if Seton Hall were to check my accounts and see that I am a painting enthusiast and give my time to volunteer teaching kids how to paint at craft stores they may become more inclined or interested to having me in their community. Along with great grades, i have skills, character, and personality to offer to the school and the people associated with it.
    However, if they discover that i curse often, partake in many parties, as well as use alcohol and drugs in my lifestyle they may be more displeased to adding me to their community. This is completely acceptable in my opinion and can help those who deserve to succeed, do so.
    These same background checks are now being run by employers as well today. This is also a smart idea in my opinion as it allows you to asses the person who will be joining your team and business.
    Discovering things about people’s character and demeanor take time and situations but scrolling quickly through social media speaks a lot about how someone acts, thinks, or lives.
    These checks allow for great detail and call also force society as a whole to fix their habits and demeanor as a whole, especially if they plan on being successful.
    Nevertheless, this process can also prevent many dis likable and displeasing people from gaining power or authority in a community.
    Social media checks will force the population to watch how they act when they think no one is looking and maybe even change them for the better as a whole.

  10. Wendy Chen February 19, 2016 at 8:51 pm #

    In my junior year of high school, this lady came to our school to talk about the footprints that we leave on the Internet. Even though she did not present the information in a way that was positive to the audience, the message still relates to this article in saying that we should be careful of what we post on the Internet because those same posts that got many likes can negatively affect us without us realizing it at the time. We need to filter ourselves on the Internet because we establish different images of ourselves that can be an illusion and misleading of who we actually are. There is more to us than our Internet profiles, but when a college admissions officer or a future employer sees provocative comments or inappropriate pictures surface on someone’s profile, that is all they will choose to see. They will not give a chance for an explanation and they are not required to as well. The student in the article who is talked about was not going to be admitted anyway because her credentials were not competitive but the college admissions officer of Bowdoin College emphasized on the fact that her Internet footprint would have overall impacted her admittance in a negative way.
    One thing that I’ve always wondered was addressed in this article. When people talk about Internet search and privacy, and the way college admission officers look you up before choosing whether or not to admit you, I often wonder what happens if colleges misidentify you as someone else because there are many people that share the same name as you. And then I think that colleges probably look at your profile demographics for your high school and location, but I know in bigger high schools, there will be people with the same names, and thus, same high school and same location. It happened with my brother where the school mailed home the wrong report card (when schools still did that!) because he shared the same name with the other student as well as my dad sharing the same name with his dad. This accident shows that it is easy for mix ups and in a database of over a hundred or even a thousand people sharing the same names, it is easy for colleges to identify the wrong person. The article also talked about imposters which I haven’t thought much about, but that is also the same as misidentifying someone for who they are and that is unfair.
    Another thing that I’ve always thought about for this matter is the amount of applications a college admission office receives and the amount of time they would have to put in to look up every potential student that they may want to admit. There are thousands of applications that colleges receive as is and the amount of time that they take to read every essay and go through every application is already questionable in whether they take the time to closely read who you are. A lot of colleges said that they don’t have the time for that as well as the reason that they also don’t involve themselves with their students’ social lives since it is not fair to judge someone’s character solely based on what they put online. As always though, it is noted the danger for people to show negatively affecting posts that can harm their reputation which will in turn harm the school’s reputation. Colleges that are more prestigious and have a higher reputation to maintain will emphasize on that point and perhaps even find the time to detail into who their students are as people outside of the school rather than other colleges who may only look people up if a matter involving the student is brought the attention, but since we can never know for certain if a college may choose to do so, it is important to be cautious of our internet footprints. It is unfair to the person on the receiving end but since it is not our choice on whether we get an explanation, we need to act on our choice of what we put on the Internet and allow others to judge of us.

  11. Billy Vorrius February 19, 2016 at 8:56 pm #

    In the gran scheme of things, social media is becoming a growing aspect in our generation. Though we should use it to our advantage for networking and having a wider audience, it can also harm us, specifically in college and even the real world.
    A statistic I had read on the post said about 30 percent of admissions officers looked for applicants social media and made sure that there was not anything hindering their chances of getting accepted. Our generation think it is socially acceptable to have a Budweiser or a Coors in our hand at a party. However, we are only thinking our peers will see it. When it comes down to it, admissions officers and employers will end up seeing that social media account one way or another, and it can harm our chances of getting accepted or employed.
    Twitter is humorous in the way that most adolescents will not keep their account on private because other people cannot “re-tweet” them. Retweets and Likes are something people with twitter accounts want solely to brag about how many they received from a “tweet”. Most people will not keep their twitter on private because of the fact people cannot retweet what they had said. This, in turn, creates a higher risk of employers and admission officers finding your account on twitter or Facebook (luckily I have a different name for my account). Nevertheless, I have always thought about keeping my twitter on private, and I did have it on private until a few months ago. In addition, I always keep my Facebook and Instagram on private for the purpose of not having strangers add me.
    High schools are now tutoring kids on making their social media accounts “full proof”, meaning they delete any pictures of them drinking or saying negative or explicit things online. It is a benefit to the students to learn this habit now versus learning it the hard way in the real world, where they might not get the interview because they saw the applicant repeatedly posting pictures of them drinking or saying crude things on social media. I believe this should be stressed more on especially for our new generation of kids, who have been reading more on Apple devices rather than reading our of a paperback book.

  12. Gianna Tomeo February 19, 2016 at 8:58 pm #

    Social media is one of the most advanced systems we have in society today because it allows us to keep up with friends and family that we normally would not be able to keep up with if it was not for the convenient system of sites such as Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter. Even though it is a great way to show off what you are doing with people you want to show your personal life to, it is an easy way for recruiting companies to see things about you that maybe you did not want them to see. ‘“Students’ social media and digital footprint can sometimes play a role in the admissions process,” says Christine Brown, the executive director of K-12 and college prep programs at Kaplan Test Prep. “It’s something that is becoming more ubiquitous and less looked down upon.”” This is such a true statement, and people all over the world need to realize the reality of what it means. I play on the women’s golf team at Seton Hall University, and as soon as I got to campus in the fall of my freshman year they drilled it into our heads how important it was to filter what we post on social media. They informed us that businesses have people that work for them just to search future employee’s social media accounts to get a feel of what kind of person they really are. In a similar sort of way, coaches for college sports teams have fake accounts that they use just for the purpose of monitoring their potential recruits. Just like in the article when the author talks about how a senior in high school not getting accepted into the college of her choice because of her derogatory tweets on twitter, I have a heard a lot of real life stories about people not getting jobs, or college scholarships because of their poor actions on social media. When you post things like alcohol, parties, drugs, and vulgar pictures on social media it sends an immediate red flag to businesses, and coaches as to where your priorities are. Maybe it does not seem so to you at the time, but when you post that type of material it sends the message that you are more worried about being “cool” or ““popular” than worried about where your next college career, or job opportunity may be. “We thought, this is not the kind of person we want in our community,” Angel B. Perez, Pitzer’s dean of admission and financial aid, told me.”” The reality of the situation may seem harsh, but it is the truth. The job force is so competitive now, as there are so many talented people in the world that are searching for jobs. By you posting inappropriate material on social media cuts you from the list of those people because you are giving them no reason to want to keep looking at you as a future employee when there are hundreds of other people that seem to have their morals straight because of their clean-kept social media accounts. I think that young adolescents can never get enough information about the importance of this concept, because with how competitive the world is today they need every advantage they can get to become the successful person they aspire to be in life.

  13. Imani Broadway March 11, 2016 at 8:50 pm #

    College shopping is a fun experience during your senior year of high school being able to go around with your parents to pick where you plan to further your education and your new home for about 9 months throughout the next four years. Some seniors are awarded scholarships and are recruited to certain schools. These are very exciting moments but it all can be taking away with one bad post on social media.
    In the article “They Loved Your G.P.A Then They Saw Your Tweets” by Natasha Singer she is giving insight into the admissions process and some examples of people who lost out on going to college because of social media. One student that lost her chance was attending an information session at Bowdoin College that was for prospective students and she was tweeting some harsh comments about the other attendees by using a common expletive repeatedly. The admissions office was upset about what they had saw and denied her admission to the college and made a statement saying “We would have wondered about the judgment of someone who spends their time on their mobile phone and makes such awful remarks.” Sadly because of these remarks made on social she ruined her chances of attending this college all from a few words.
    Singer also goes into detail about the admissions office that participated in the Kaplan telephone questionnaire. They found that 31 percent claimed that they did visit an applicant’s Facebook or another social media which was a 5 percent increase from the previous year. Along with 30 of them reporting that after discovering the applicant’s social media accounts it had negatively affected their chances. Christine Brown the executive director of K-12 spoke of the process of using social media saying “It’s something that is becoming more ubiquitous and less looked down upon.” Which in my opinion it should not be used at all to judge people on whether or not they can attend the school.
    On social media in my experience is where teenagers and young adults all go to meet new people, share funny moments, share opinions on important issues, or just share just personal thoughts on any thing. I view social media as people exercising their first amendment for freedom of speech. Using social media should not be a way to judge someone because that is like judging a book by its cover. Many people may say or do certain things online but that does not mean that’s who they are behind the screen. I know of people that just do things to look cool to their followers on these sites, and some of these post they make I have seen to just be song lyrics. An excellent point brought up in this article was “colleges might erroneously identify the account of a person with the same name as a prospective student or even mistake an impostor’s account as belonging to applicant, potentially leading to unfair treatment.” I have seen many people on social make fake accounts of other people and even celebrities posing to be them. If a college admission officer happens to be searching for an applicant and comes across a fake page that is portraying the real person out to be something they are not, will cause them to lose their chance over something they did not do. Which is another serious problem because some colleges stated they did not alert the student of why their chance were taking away. If an imposter account of the applicant was the problem and they have no clue they are being denied because of a social media account that does not belong to them they have no way of fixing it. I believe colleges should rethink using social media and focus on the student’s application and see what they have to offer before dismissing them from a few social media post.

  14. Justina Baskin March 19, 2016 at 4:26 pm #

    This article came out around November of 2013 around a year or so after already taking on my freshman year at college. When I was applying to college in November of 2012 right around when social media was becoming more and more popular, my parents had warned me that whatever I posted through the web anyone could find. Being seventeen years old, I thought I knew more than they did, and that I have good grades and are involved why won’t I get accepted to a college. Reading this article, three years later now being a junior in college it makes me think that this could have been me not getting accepted into a college based off the naive things I used to post as an adolescent on social media. This not only effects senior high school students but also college students of any year when it comes to obtaining an internship, co-op experience, and full time jobs. Where jobs are more prone to search you through Google, and see if this the kind of person they want representing their company.

    As I read this, students continue getting into social media at younger and younger ages, parents should be making sure that their kids are using social media responsibly for their futures. Having the GPA and sounding good on paper is not everything, how a person carries themselves and acts outside the classroom is what admissions, and bosses want to see.

    Being a senior next year in college, I have become more mature to understand this concept and thus watch what I post to make sure its accurate and appropriate. I wouldn’t want to not receive a job offer because of something I wrote when I was naive and immature, therefore this article teaches each and everyone of us to act maturely and think before we post.

  15. AKS March 20, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

    This article is among many articles demonstrating the impact and importance of social media. It is now coming to affect whether a student gets into a specific college or not. Many younger students, and current college or grad students still, don’t know the importance and/or consequences of their posts on Twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts.

    Colleges, luckily for some, do not have time to look up social media as supplemental information on an applicant. With thousands of essays, sometimes multiple essays, recommendations, and portfolios, depending on the program, admissions for any college or university is swamped in paperwork during college application season. However, if a college gets notified of an offense on social media that does not fall within good standing of the vision of the college or university, the article has examples of when acceptance was revoked. So even though social media posts might not be the basis for acceptance or rejection, they still can have a serious impact on attendance to the university.

    While many colleges are opting not to use social media as an additional basis for admission or rejection, that is not to say that businesses will not. A future/prospective employer, more times than not, will look onto a future employee’s social media. It is has they get to know the applicant in real life, not in an interview where everyone is on their best behavior. I would look at social media if I was going to hire someone. For performers, many casting agents go to see if an actor is personable and easy to work with. Some casting agents can do this before making an audition appointment. So, if an actor’s social media is laced with profanity and negativity, that actor won’t even receive an audition appointment to book a job.

    Social media’s impact is real and very much a prevalent topic for the millennial generation. We must come to the realization that once a post is put out, hundreds of thousands of people have access to it. And unfortunately, the delete button never actually deletes it forever from the universal database of the internet.

  16. Cayla Andican February 27, 2017 at 8:48 pm #

    The first impression we put on college admission officers comes from more than just our grades and the required essay. What we put on social media has more of an impact than one would think when applying to colleges. According to the New York Times, thirty percent of the admissions officers said they had discovered information online that had negatively affected an applicant’s application. Admissions officials also said that because of what they found online, they have revoked student’s acceptances. Some do not realize how their personal accounts online can have a bigger impact than expected.
    Social Media has become so advance in our generation that almost everyone is active. Majority of my friends have accounts on social media. People post their opinions and post photos online without thinking because it is a social norm these days. No one thinks about the information being seen by anyone else because they think that if their account is private or they block someone that their information is actually private.
    Senior year of high school, all of my friends began to change their Facebook names and private their profiles. After doing some further research on this topic, an article by EdTech, surveyed a group of students and found out that twenty percent have changed their names on social media to avoid being found by college universities or future employers. I did not understand until someone explained to me that colleges were allowed to access all personal information put online. I never posted anything online that would affect my college application process, but it still was intimidating to me knowing that universities could go through my profiles. I was always nervous of what I put online and kept very cautious of the pictures I put online.
    What we put online is a representation of who we are. The statuses or photos we post on Facebook or Instagram give Universities or future employers an accurate illustration of the person’s true self. Colleges will not be able to find out the real you by just looking at your application. The application shows how well or poorly the applicant does in school, their extra-curricular activities, and the story they shared in their Common Application. College applications show the best aspect of someone, because what we share there is what we want them to see. Our social media accounts represent who we are when we are not trying to impress someone, for example, college universities.
    Not only is it important to be cautious of what is posted online during the college application process, but it is also important to always keep in mind that the information posted can be accessed by anyone. People should not put information online that would affect the way another person thinks of them. It is never appropriate to post shameful photos or destructive statues online because it can affect the way others see you. Many people use social media to keep in touch with their friends constantly, which is not harmful until it is used for the wrong reasons. The New York Times article, by Natasha Singer, “They loved your GPA then they saw your tweets”, provided a great example of the misuse of social media. A high school senior attended a campus information session at Bowdoin College in Brunswick; during the presentation, she was making inappropriate remarks on her twitter account about the people attending. She ended up not being accepted into the university. People do not realize that the casual comments they make on social media can actually effect their chances of getting into a school or even finding a career.

  17. Taylor Salomon February 27, 2017 at 10:18 pm #

    My mother had my best interest at heart when she would not let me have a Facebook or Twitter account in middle school. I felt left out when my friends asked if I saw the newest viral video about a dog eating a banana with its feet or the latest high school fight that broke out a town over. I had no idea what they were talking about. I was lost and jealous. I took my anger out on my mother. She did not care one ounce every time I pleaded my case- all my classmates have social media accounts. It was not until high school that I was allowed to have some social media accounts. I was granted limited access and had older cousins monitor my every move. I never understood why my mother was so strict with social media… until now. This article reads it all: They Loved Your G.P.A Then They Saw Your Tweets.
    Today, I thank my mother for not allowing me to have a Twitter account. With social media exploding, schools want to enroll students with high G.P.A.s and respectable social media accounts. Although most students prefer private accounts, schools are capable of accessing your page. Prospective students do not post pictures studying at the library. Instead, you see pictures at parties with red solo cups in your hand or worse of all pictures where you are tagged passed out from a crazy party. This is not the type of student that colleges want to be a part of their brand. Student Gerry Kiruthu goes more in depth on the situation at Bowdoin College. He reports “colleges are becoming more vigilant with how the students they admit onto their campuses. Firstly, they are looking for more than just academic achievers. They are looking for role models who are going to enhance the community around them, as well as performance in having great test scores, not just the latter by itself. In a recent revelation, top Ivy League schools said that the way to gain admission into their institutions is to do more or rather be more than academic students and to attempt to aspire to be better individuals in the world around them. To aspire to be more and do more than volunteer work at a shelter or a coat/ can drive, but to work in projects that have long lasting positive effects in the communities and environments that they work in. In this case though, they looked at the applicants’ social media activity. The college in this case tracked their social media mentions during that information session in which they found the young lady’s tweets that were less than flattering. The head of admissions at Bowdoin College said that it was not that her academic achievements were not competitive or that she did not have enough extracurricular activities but for the sole reason that she made negative and irresponsible comments on social media.”
    In college, it is important to note that both underclassmen and upperclassmen are role models to incoming and prospective students. Students learn by example. In this case, athletes are a prime example. Student John Hatch takes about their responsibilities. He states “One of my friends last year was offered a scholarship to play division 1 hockey. However, halfway through her senior year she posted pictures of herself on Instagram surrounded by alcohol. The school then revoked her scholarship and did not offer her a spot on the team. All of her friends were mad at the school for doing this, but I did not think that the school did anything wrong. Colleges know that all of their students go out and have a good time, but their athletes are held to a higher standard. They can still go out and have a good time, but should be modest about it because they are the most prominent students at their schools. If they go around posting pictures of them at parties, people will have a bad impression of the team and school, and will negatively affect the school. To prevent this then, schools should and have the ability to deny someone because of what they post on the internet.”
    Parting in additional to my favorite advice is ““If you’ve got stuff online you don’t want colleges to see,” Ms. Heck said, “deleting it is kind of like joining two more clubs senior year to list on your application to try to make you seem more like the person they want at their schools.” Everyone has a reputation to uphold. It is important for this prospective and incoming college students to keep a good reputation online because you never know when a degrading post will affect a future job or college acceptance.

  18. William Stuck March 1, 2017 at 4:11 pm #

    Whether we like it or not, everything we say online is monitored. Prospective employers as well as academic institutions have been known to monitor the social media accounts of anyone looking for employment or education. This means that the way you carry yourself matters more than ever, as one offensive tweet or post could cost you much more than it is worth. This article gives one very good example of a girl at Bowdoin college. In the middle of an information session she was tweeting rude and offensive things about her fellow attendees. Obviously, the schools social media accounts monitor their mentions and were quickly able to find those tweets. Apparently her academic record was what barred her from entry, but the tweets probably would have killed her chances even if she had good grades. This just shows how dangerous it can be to act on an impulse and put something stupid out there for everyone to see. The article also tells us that more and more admissions officers are checking the social media accounts of prospective students. The same is true for most employers. Sometimes the admissions office is even tipped off by current students or members of the students high school, which isn’t cool. But in truth, I kind of agree with a school vetting through someone’s social media to determine whether or not why would be a good member of the community. You do not want a member of the school who is constantly saying offensive things online, undoubtedly offending countless students. That kind of thing can spread and form a reputation for your school as a place where hate and discrimination go unchecked. Especially now, when we seem to have reached a point where what is said on social media has become just as relevant, arguably more relevant, that what is said in person. Personally, I have seen a few people called out by Seton Hall’s twitter account for saying things about the school. Nothing bad, but they did get someone’s attention. I tend to stray away from saying a whole lot of stuff on twitter or other social media platforms, mostly because I do not really think anything I have to say is important enough for people to hear. And just because of the people who follow me, I couldn’t really say anything without making someone mad. Something came to mind that could also affect what someone says online was not covered in the article. In my time I’ve seen more than one instance where someone got drunk and posted something really stupid that would definitely cost them a lot if a potential employer or college admissions office ever saw it. Even deleting things does not really do much on the internet. I’m sure everyone is familiar with screenshotting. But in general, you have to treat what you say on social media as if it were something you were saying in person. Because it can be taken just as seriously and the audience it reaches will be much greater.

  19. Andrew Imbesi March 2, 2017 at 3:05 am #

    When applying to colleges, I made sure added every little detail to my resume. I believe I had worked hard for the credentials I put onto that paper and was not hesitant to send any of my information. In addition to this, I also made sure my online profiles were super clean of anything that could ruin my chances of getting in. After all, I do live in the 21st century, it is the world I live in now of days.
    Maintaining a reputable online presence is critical these days. Anything that goes on the web becomes instantly accessible to anyone with internet connection. In addition, it is not as if someone can erase something from the web, anyone can screenshot. Posting words and pictures is the same thing as speaking and acting in person. A person’s physical presence only lies in one place, but online, presence is anywhere.
    I do my best to keep my silly business off social media and I like to think that I am a straight arrow in the digital world. My parents have been on top of me for a reputable social presence since day one, following their smart and wise instructions of the internet. A great threshold to keep in mind, my dad always says that “if it is something that you would not want Grandma and Grandpa to hear or see, then why post it?” Thanks to these wise words of wisdom, I have been able to prevent myself from ruining my dignity.
    Now, many applicants feel disadvantaged to this system of checking online profiles; I am not one of these people. This system of checking online profiles makes perfect logical sense. Who does not google random people on the internet? If someone were to look up my name, I would want my results to look reputable. However, I cannot fabricate everything I put out onto the web. I am also a person with an opinion, and I do not believe that my opinions should be sheltered. If I am going to say something, I need to be able to own up to it. My beliefs are important to me, and if the system does not like what I am saying then maybe I fit in better somewhere else. I do not mind compromising, acting professional online is important, but I will advocate what I stand for.
    The importance of GPA is steadily decreasing as humans watch more factors come into play. If there is any word of advice I can give to young children is that they should be careful on the web. Online profiles are constantly being created and are tracked since birth. The best way to avoid this entire scenario is to simply ignore creating an online profile. Okay, maybe one day everyone will need an online profile, but Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and many more social media platforms are unnecessary. Not too long ago, I deactivated my Facebook. There is no reason for it to be up there when I do not even use it. Social media is simply a trap humans fall into, do not be the next person falling to the system.

  20. Anthony Laverde March 2, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

    This topic is one that is very relatable to me, especially at this particular time in my life. I was not told that what we post online could affect us in real life until about my junior year in high school. To that point, I had taken social media as a joke, and even though I did not post anything that was inappropriate, I was now conscious of the fact that my presence on social media would begin to matter in the real world.

    The above article details why it is so important to protect and promote ones personal brand, and how big of a role social media plays into that. Websites like LinkedIn have done wonders for the ability to network, and people need to be as presentable and professional as possible when making connections. Especially student, like myself, in college, who are looking to make a name for themselves and prove their worth.

    However, with the election of Donald Trump as president, it is non unlikely that this will begin to change, and people will no longer spend time worrying about filtering themselves online. He is constantly degrading others on his twitter account, and this was happening before he was elected.

    This inappropriate behavior and use of social media did not stop him from being elected, and that is a bad sign for the future. This means that there is potential for the filter to be broken, and people can be free to say whatever they please online. This will more than likely cause distrust among people and companies, and could end up hurting our economy in the coming years. Above all else, it could damage our relationships with other countries, something that President Trump has already began doing.

  21. Isaiah Allen March 3, 2017 at 8:57 pm #

    Social media is a great way for us to stay connected with our friends and family but it also has its disadvantages in terms of privacy. I first learned about how important it is to watch what I put on social media, in high school when I was told that colleges could view it during the admission process. I thought it was interesting that “They Loved Your GPA” was in the title of this article, because it shows that any inappropriate things seen on social media could negate all the rest of your hard work. Although some people may view this as an invasion of privacy, I believe it is a good idea. Companies and Universities both need to be sure that they are accepting or hiring the right candidates for the job, and sometimes a piece of paper doesn’t tell you enough about a person’s social life. Anyone applying for school or for a job could portray themselves as something they are not. Which is why social media could be a great resource to use in order to find out if a certain candidate is making the right social decisions. The admissions office at a college needs to make sure that they have law abiding citizens on their campus and must also make sure they are not admitting anyone who could put others in danger. The same goes for anyone applying for a job, because companies want employees who know how to conduct themselves while they are away from work. Therefore, we should all make sure that our social media accounts are always free of anything that may make anyone question our life choices and behaviors. I think that schools should notify students who aren’t accepted because of a social issue, rather than keeping them in the dark about it. A student who is denied acceptance because of social media, should be notified so that they can learn from their mistakes. Anyone who puts something on social media must be aware that anyone can look at it if they choose to. Before social media was popular, people did not have to worry about anything except their criminal records, but times are different now. Social media is meant to show people that we are having a good time, but some young people may take advantage of that, in order to come off as someone they are not. I personally feel that social media is used by young adults in order to show that they are independent and rebellious. However some of them fail to realize that there are ways to do that without breaking the law. Young adults must realize that there are other ways to appeal to people other than posting something that will make you look “cool”. The academic competency of students is important to schools, but so is their behavior outside of the classroom. As social media begin to take a larger role in our lives, I expect more colleges and companies to start looking at the social media accounts of their applicants, in order to make sure that the best people are walking through their doors.

  22. Amber Esposito October 6, 2017 at 1:44 pm #

    Today, social media is used as one of the most common outlets for expression. You are able to create websites, blogs, personal pages, and upload videos about anything you desire. If you go on youtube you can type in any key word and it will most likely come up (in a few tens, hundreds, or thousands of videos). Not only is social media a forum that can be used for persuasion, but it can also be a forum for expression.

    You are able to access social media sites at school, at the library, your place of employment, or even places to eat. Where there’s a will and Wifi, there’s a way. Social media has erupted into something that parents can no longer control. The days of parental controls are gone. If a child wants something bad enough, they will find a way to get it. People will often times use social media as a way to keep other people updated with whats going on in their life- which isn’t always a good thing. Posting opinions and feelings on social media should not be the “go to” for expressing oneself; but unfortunately, that is now the way of the world that we live in. What the people can do is stress the importance of maintaining a good social persona.

    We need to be more cautious about what we do and say on the internet; because once it’s out there, it’s out there. You can delete it, but its been saved. Saved in your history, saved into a database, or saved by someone that you’re friends with or follows you. It takes one second to post something, and that means it takes one second for you to potentially ruin your future opportunities. This past summer I worked in a law firm. The woman that hired me checks all of the applicants social media. That includes: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Myspace, and even Youtube. She has thrown away more applications and denied interviews for more applicants than she can count because of the stuff they post on social media.

    You should always assume that educational establishments and potential and current employers will monitor your social media presence. About 70 percent of employers monitor their employees social media activity. Approximately 54 percent of employers have found content on social sites that caused them to not hire a candidate for an open role. By looking at your social media, employers are able to evaluate your communication skills, how professional you act, if you do anything illegal, and your overall character. But looking at someone’s social media doesn’t always have a negative outcome. About 44 percent of employers have found content on a social networking site that has caused them to hire the candidate. Among the primary reasons employers hired a candidate based on their social media profiles were candidate’s background information supported their professional qualifications, great communication skills, a professional image, and creativity. While it is not necessary to be completely inactive or eliminate social media from you life, it is important to be cautious of what you say and do on any social media platform.

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  23. Brian Ayoub October 6, 2017 at 7:16 pm #

    During the time that I was applying to colleges, most of my Facebook friends that were applying as well changed their Facebook names. The names varied from a simple switch of their first and last name first letters to a completely random name. The name changing was to avoid colleges that were looking to find inappropriate content on your page. You know, the occasional beer can in your hand and other things that are like this. “They Loved Your G.P.A Then They Saw Your Tweets.” begins by speaking about a high school senior who went on a campus information session at Bowdoin College. The senior was on her Twitter account tweeting mean things about other students who were at the information session. What the high school senior forgot to think about was that the college checks their mentions and identified the student. Later on, her remarks did not end up impacting her admission case because she did not qualify with her current grades, however the tweets did circulate to the Dean of Admissions and definitely would not have helped the students case had she had good enough grades. As someone who has been through the college admission process, the experience that this senior had would have been a nightmare to go through. I can not fathom how unintelligent you have to be to mention a college directly in tweets when you are applying to that school. This not only applies to colleges; employers also look at social media when looking at candidates. Inappropriate social media posts has come back to bite many celebrities and athletes as well. Social media has made it so easy to communicate with anyone 24/7, however it has opened up a world of problems that were not imaginable back in the day. A Kaplan telephone questionnaire stated that 31% of college admission officers have visited an applicant’s Facebook or other social media to learn more about them. The number increased 5% from last year. I am surprised that this number is more. As a college admission officer, I would definitely look at a student’s social media, as this is an indicator of what kind of person they are, and more importantly, if there is something that would negatively impact the applicant’s character. One portion of the article that raised my eyebrows was when it stated that colleges can mistakenly use information from a social media account that has the same name as an applicant and use it against them. This is a huge problem in that an applicant can be punished for no reason besides the college admission officers messing up and not doing their jobs properly. A college admissions officer should be absolutely certain that they are researching the correct person and not a fake account. Although it is uncommon to reject applicants because of online materials, I think it has it’s pros and cons. I think it is good to see the applicant’s background and making sure that they are not up to sketchy activities, however I think that the officers need to be 100% sure that they are looking at a real social media account and not just a person that has the same name. If college admission officers can get this practice to be reliable then I feel it is useful and beneficial in the college admissions process.

  24. Shiyun Ye October 6, 2017 at 8:28 pm #

    In the article, the first example the author states fully express how GPA is important in a school. As the article indicated: if the girl’s GPA or the school performances was higher, then she might still get a chance of staying. It shows how crucial GPA is because they represent you as a student. However, the rest of the article does not match with the title. When a reader sees the title, they should assume that the article is about the GPA and social media. Interestingly, the only mentioned GPA in the first few paragraphs, and then she explains more on how social media is paying a big role in applying for colleges.

    Despite the article’s unmatched title, I agree with the author of how crucial social media is these days. Employees also do the online profile background checking to make sure that they are hiring the most competent candidates. The similar issues has been discussed: whether online background checking is ethical or not? In the article, most universities do not have specific policies for admission offices if they do check the potential student’s information online. Therefore, they claim they do not really prohibit it. However, fake accounts are prevail and the online messages are often relied as the true messages because people are hard to differentiate whether they are fake or not since they do not know the person. Moreover, people may search through the wrong user with the same name. However, sometimes the online profile can really reveal how a person’s personality is just like the example of the girl who twittered disrespectful words. Therefore, in my opinion, checking student’s online profile is allowable. It can help them to organize their behaviors in a regular basis or organize their online profiles in a more acceptable manner. Moreover, in order to prevent the fake accounts or wrong searching, they can put their social media accounts in the application. The same process can go with the employees as well, so from my understanding, as long as the university or company notifies the applicants that they will look into their social media accounts, then the action is acceptable and ethical.

    However, it brings up another question: how will people even behave their true self anymore on social media in the future? If they are so afraid of people checking in their accounts, then what is the point of using social media accounts? Although Facebook or other social media can exclude certain people. However, the information you put online can never be safe because you friend or your friend’s friend can share what you posted. Moreover, there are some high school teachers helping their students to create their social acceptable profile in order to get in the colleges easier. It is similar to applying for jobs as well. Employers have to adjust their resumes to meet the standards of different companies. Therefore, the original function of shearing fun moments on social media lost its purpose. It is just another big database of resume or application again. From my understanding, this question is hard to find a solution. With the rapid growth of social media, more and more problems will appear, and it may cover the issue we are facing now. We can only hope that this issue will not become the crucial one in the future.

  25. Adis Hoti October 6, 2017 at 10:22 pm #

    Natasha Singer’s “They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets,” discusses the damaging effect social media can have on your college acceptance. Singer discusses how some posts have resulted in students losing acceptances to college. I agree with the new approach college admissions have taken. “Last year, an undergraduate at Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., who had befriended a prospective student on Facebook, notified the admissions office because he noticed that the applicant had posted offensive comments about one of his high school teachers.” Then Pitzer college dean of admissions proceeded to say, “we thought, this is not the kind of person we want in our community.” Social media is powerful and being held back of receiving a good education due to what someone posts is becoming more and more common. Determining what kind of a person an applicant is can be hard by just viewing grades and extracurricular activities. Viewing a person’s social media helps a college determine whether they want that kind of person to represent them. Schools do not want students with poor character tarnishing their educational environment. Many individuals post racist, sexist, and other obscene posts. As an admissions counselor admitting students with positive behavior is important. Students that post negative comments and or pictures on the internet ruins the image of the school. Ruining the image of the school can cause prospective students to turn their heads and apply to other places. A school with individuals that post derogatory things will also attract those types of people. Bowdoins dean of admissions said, “We would have wondered about the judgment of someone who spends their time on their mobile phone and makes such awful remarks.” Admissions counselors believe that someone who speaks so negatively on social media might not be capable of attending their college.
    The negative part about this is that applicants can be stripped of a chance to receive a good education due to a mistake they made. Judging students due to a bad past or a minor mistake can cause the university to miss out on receiving promising students. Nobody is perfect, and mistake will be made throughout one’s life on social media. Pre-college students are still immature and should not be judged for past actions. I believe that repeated derogatory remarks on social media is unacceptable however, a one-time incident should not hurt a student’s admissions chance.
    If colleges are going to adapt this into their admissions decision then they must be extremely careful. Often there are very rational explanations for why someone posted something. Judging a person for a mistake they made is unjust for a college. Restricting students of the opportunity to attend a college due to an admissions counselor taking something the wrong way is not right. Situations can arise in which admissions counselors can be biased or feel especially strong about a certain matter so having that person decline a student admission due to him or her tweeting something that opposed what the admissions counselor believes in.
    I believe students should be enlightened more in lower level grades such as middle school and high school about the harmful effects social media can have on your life. They should be aware that potential employers and admissions counselors could see the negative posts that they have made. Losing the opportunity to receive a job or education due to a post you made is foolish. My suggestion to all is to hold back on posting any derogatory tweets and or pictures. As singer said in the article, delete all of the bad that is on your social media accounts.

  26. Leslie T October 7, 2017 at 3:44 pm #

    It is incredible what how much society has changed in regards to social media. Those who are eager to apply for colleges may not be aware of how much of an influence they leave on the internet, whether it be positive or negative. In a way, colleges do have a right to see if their applicants have a digit footprint on social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to possibly evaluate them as individuals. Through personal experience over the years, I have had seniors asked me about helping them with their college applications and I have brought up their social media accounts and making them aware to not post anything that will shine a bad light on their personalities to college recruiters. Taking the time to simply google a name can happen in a matter of seconds, but it is crucial to not be naive that colleges won’t disregard these social media accounts.

    Although a college may make the mistake of confusing social media accounts with the same name, they do have additional information about the applicants (address, middle name, high school etc) So that kind of mistake can be prevented of confusing two accounts. Aside from potential colleges seeing negative comments from these applicants, according to Darian Somers in, “Do Colleges Look at Your Social Media Accounts?” explains that, “One student described on Twitter that she facilitated an LGBTQ panel for her school, which wasn’t in her application. This made us more interested in her overall and encouraged us to imagine how she would help out the community,” There may be situations were a college may notice accomplishments that they may find interesting. Aside from stressing to upcoming college students to consider what they put on social media, it’s not just colleges who take part of this, but future employers. This practice of noticing a digital footprint isn’t restricted to just college admissions alone, but anyone who is interesting in possibly how you are as a person.

  27. Alison Amen October 9, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

    In the article “They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets,” it discusses that a student attended an information session at a university. The student had applied to the school and was looking to go there. Unfortunately, that student wrote disparaging comments on social media sites such as twitter about other students at the same event. When reviewing the student’s application to the college, admissions denied them because they looked at that student’s social media sites and saw these comments. The student overall did not meet the criteria academically to get into the university but if she had not written those comments on twitter, admissions would have possibly accepted the high school senior. This article by Natasha Singer was very intriguing and it caught my attention.

    Ever since high school, I remember teachers always informing us that what is put on social media will be one day looked at by university’s and future employers. Teachers would constantly remind us that if we have social media we should make it private and to clean out and delete pictures that we thought were inappropriate and would not want professionals to see. Even to this day, the same thing is being said over and over. It is repeated over and over because it is very important. What one posts on social media sites can show university’s a little bit about who you are as a person depending on what you write on twitter or post on Facebook. If you post inappropriate pictures or write disturbing tweets, then that shows the university that you may not be a good candidate for that school because they want people who will represent the University in the best way possible. I found it shocking to me that some University’s do not look at prospective student’s social media sites. This was alarming to me because I believe that universities should see what kind of students they are accepting into the school beforehand. A university’s reputation is a big deal and if they have a bad reputation of students than less people will want to attend the school.

    Even if it is not a priority for every university to check prospective students, it is still a good idea to make sure your social media sites are clean of inappropriate pictures and comments. Everyone should get into the routine of being careful with what they post on social media. What one posts on social media will never go away once it is deleted. Whether you are applying to a school or looking for a job, people will always check out your social media sites to look at what you are posting. If you would not want a future employer or professional seeing it, then it is not a good idea to post it at all.

  28. Konnor Vanemon October 10, 2017 at 2:58 am #

    As the first generation to grow up with advancing technology and various technological applications such as social media, we have become accustomed to feeling the need to share our every thought and activity with our social media friends and followers in hopes of building a positive and impressive image that people envy. While it may be “the cool thing to do”, posting inappropriate comments and pictures is never a good idea because as we’ve been told by our parents and relatives too many times, once it’s out there, it’s out there forever and there’s no taking it back.
    As the post mentioned, one of the first points that our high school guidance counselors advised us about before our college application processes began was to “tidy up” our social media pages to ensure nothing we’ve posted would hurt our chances of being considered for acceptance to a college or university that we applied to. Some people took it to the next level and even altered their names to make it difficult for schools to find their profiles if they did try to search for them. Due to this, I was surprised that only 31% of schools visit applicants’ social media pages because I was always led to believe that that was an unofficial part of the application process. Even today as a college student I am led to believe that possible employers will use my social media pages to determine if I am the proper fit for the position that I applied for. While grades, volunteer and work experience, and extracurricular activities are major factors in the decision to accept a student into the upcoming freshmen class or offer an applicant a position at the company, there is more to a person, so while it may be considered inappropriate to some, I believe that checking someone’s social media pages is a good way to find out who they really are and how they think and act in an informal setting, such as an interview where they may act stiff and respond with rehearsed answers that may or may not be genuine. Universities and companies have an image and standards to uphold, so by accepting someone whose profile picture is of them with alcohol or other inappropriate content or who posts discriminating comments or pictures and videos only tarnishes that image and lowers peoples’ perceptions of their standards because it causes people to believe that that’s who these institutions and businesses want to take on. Once a school or company accepts you, they use you as a physical representation of themselves and their standards, therefore if your social media is questionable, so are the school or company’s standards, which is why more schools should be checking potential students’ profiles. If employers are conducting background checks on potential employees, then schools should implement this practice on potential students as well, especially when they are considering offering a scholarship.
    While being active on social media isn’t necessarily bad, it can be harmful to your future depending on what you choose to post, therefore more young people need to be conscience of what they put out there on social media because it can be viewed regardless of the security and privacy settings they put into place on their accounts. It is frustrating being a part of the generation that has grown up with social media because now not only do I have to be concerned about where I stand amongst my competition regarding my GPA and degree ranking, but of the content of my social media pages as well. While I personally keep my social media pages relatively PG, I have known a few people who had their college acceptances revoked because of what they had posted in a Facebook group chat about their high school principle. So, while a status update or retweet may seem harmless now, it may come back to haunt you in the future, and it may become more important than your academic performance.

  29. Caitlin Gardner October 11, 2017 at 11:19 pm #

    It is important for not only prospective students who are applying to universities, but everyone who is enrolled in school or employed, to remember that social footprints are in cyberspace forever and can impact your professional life. The article mentioned that 31 percent of 381 college admissions officers who participated in a telephone questionnaire said that they had visited applicants’ personal social media pages to learn more about them. 30 percent of the admissions officers said they had discovered information online that had negatively affected an applicant’s prospects. There are severe consequences for posting inappropriate content on social media. Some examples of unacceptable posts would include a photo or comment about drinking heavily, doing drugs, staying out partying all night, profanity, or sexual suggestions. If someone who is applying or college or a job acts irresponsibly and portrays a poor image to the public, it is highly unlikely that a school or company will accept them or offer them an interview. If a school or company welcomes them into their community, the person may be toxic to their peers or coworkers. They also represent whoever they are affiliated with, which could hurt a school or company’s reputation.

    Personally, I try to post content responsibly on my twitter, facebook, instagram, and snapchat accounts. My teachers and parents have installed it in me to only post things that you would be comfortable showing your grandparent. If my modest grandmother would gasp while reading one of my posts or seeing one of my photos, chances are my future employer would too. I value this system of weeding out bad seeds in colleges and the business world because it affects me directly. I do not want to end up working in a group with a drug addict or verbally abusive coworker someday. Going through people’s social media is an efficient technique when filtering unprincipled people from professional settings.

  30. Lucas Nieves-Violet October 12, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

    It has already been established and come up with the news that whatever is posted online or on the web is hard to make disappear even after it being erased from websites and social media accounts pictures, videos, and statement are still backed up to mainframe servers. If someone has a grudge against you, or if you are being investigated by a higher bureau or government agencies they will most likely look through those servers, databases and find those pictures or comments that you thought had been deleted. While this is an extreme case most students, college applicants and young adults need to understand that the content of what they post matters.
    I’ve always been told or heard growing up that what I post online will matter and have a footprint or impact on my future now this article is the proof that the content of some students social media may affect their application decision. While being rejected from a college is one thing being denied a job because of social media content or post is another. Not being able to get a job is worst as the information the employer dislikes can be traced to you and maybe unchangeable. Actions more specifically public actions or stands taken can affect one’s life in the future whether it is job wise or educational. An example that comes to mind is the recent protest in Charlottesville which counted a member of the KKK carrying a torch and yelling racist slurs. At this a protest a picture was taken of him and eventually posted on news platform. Ultimately going viral the man’s place of work discovered the picture and recognized their employee, they decided to fire him. Whether we like it or not our digital footprint is marked on the web and is hard to get rid off.
    We are of course not obliged to listen to the article there are ways to protect our content, from the public view by merely setting our profiles on private. What is unfair however is that colleges go out of their way to look into the applicant’s, private life. While they may dislike some pictures such as those who promote alcohol, admissions officers were young too once and needed to understand that growing up means exploring and finding yourself. No admission officer will ever see a student that is completely honest with them ever. In fact, all applications that have ever applied to a school have lied at some point in their essay to make themselves look better. I don’t see a problem with that. Applicants who apply for college have to make it seem that they are the perfect student to fit in an environment, they are obligated to show their commitment to a school. No applicant is ever going to come forward about who they indeed are when writing their essay “ I’m a guy that likes watching Netflix and going to parties.” Most college essays are lies and not an accurate description of who the students are or believe in.
    It is shocking and probably not fair that colleges look into applicant’s private life. With that being said I do suggest that my fellow young adult be cautious with the content, they are posting on social media, as it can always have a recurring effect. It would seem unjust to get rejected from a school or a job proposal because of what we have posted online. Therefore I suggest to only to display content that can be viewed by many and that’s is biased. More importantly I would incline any person who has a social media account with their full name to firstly change it and add a pseudonym and secondly to always set the accounts on private that way your content will still be safe from outside sources, but even then be careful of the content you post as it may offend some of you viewers.

  31. Meghan Healy October 12, 2017 at 10:26 pm #

    Some teenagers today still do not grasp the concept that technology and social media have a bigger impact in their lives than they would presume. In middle school, some kids beg their parents for a Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter account, while some kids jump straight to making the accounts without their parents’ permission. They think of these accounts as an innocent, easy way to share parts of their lives with their friends. They do not yet realize the consequences that come with this access into our lives.

    Nowadays, we post whatever we think will get us the most likes. Sadly, in our society, it is slander and derogatory comments that grab the most attention. In the case of the high school senior that posted defamatory comment about people intending an information session at Bowdoin College on Twitter, she presumed that this negativity would get her the most likes and retweets from her friends. Instead, it got her rejection from this college.

    While most admissions officials do not look at profiles of applicants, it has not been prohibited. The article describes cases where the officials looked at videos or followed media stories that enhanced the prospective student’s application. It seems that the use of media by admissions officials is used to benefit the applicant. However, there are still the instances where the process results in consequences. In addition to the applicant at Bowdoin College, a prospective student was rejected from Pitzer College after posting offensive comments about a high school teacher on Facebook. College admissions is already an extremely competitive process. As Pitzer’s dean of admission, Mr. Perez, stated, “the school can afford to be selective.” Upon the finding of slanderous comments on social media, the school might not hesitate to deny your application. While some schools make the decision without a possible explanation, some schools will reach out to the student in a case of misunderstanding. If perhaps the wrong profile was looked at, the applicant at least has the chance to explain that it was not them. It is also mentioned in the article that college admission officers could accidently be looking at the profile of someone with the same name as an applicant. If something like the case at Bowdoin is found, that applicant could be rejected for something they did not in fact post. If you were to search my name, for example, on Facebook, dozens of profiles would come up. With that simple search and never seeing my face before, you would have no way of knowing which one was actually me. Even if you were to narrow the accounts down to those that were my age and applying to college, you would still have multiple accounts to choose from. A post from another Meghan Healy could be mistaken as me. If I was applying to a college where they do not ask the student for an explanation, my application might have been rejected on the spot. Mr. Shear, a lawyer that specializes in social media, states that “false and misleading content online in taken as fact.” However, that is no secret in today’s day and age. With the growing everyday use of the Internet, we take the information Google provides us as fact. Some students will base essays and reports off of information they get solely from Wikipedia. It is the normality of false information that negatively impacts us.

    As a result, high school students are being instructed to clean up their public profiles. Some might delete and un-tag themselves from alcohol-related pictures; some might create an appropriate email address instead of using the one they made in fourth grade; some might change their name on Facebook to something other than their easily searchable first and last name. When I first made my Facebook account in middle school, my mom had me put my middle name instead of my last name. I did not change it to my last name until after I started college. With the effect that social media currently has on our lives, it is no secret that our accounts are becoming a part of our college application. High school students need to be cautious with what they post online; our digital footprint inevitably has an increasing effect on our future.

  32. Emma Lupo October 13, 2017 at 11:59 am #

    When students begin applying to colleges, it is important for them to remember that admissions looks at more than just a high GPA and a solid personal statement. How students present themselves on social media also has a large impact on the schools ultimate decision to reject or accept them. According to new studies, colleges really do look at social media accounts of prospective students. A Kaplan Test Prep survey of more than 350 college admissions officers showed that 31% of these officers have looked at applicants’ social media to learn more about them outside of their application. Some high school seniors may easily overlook the fact that what they post online may have an impact on their college admissions.
    Even though this could potentially have a positive impact on the incoming classes at colleges, some people still have concerns with this new method of weeding out applicants. The problem with this is that universities do not have policies for this supplementing yet. If admissions officers find something that could negatively impact the results of an application, they may not notify the applicant. Bradley S. Shear believes this to be a problem because colleges could easily mistake one applicant for another person with the same name. No universities have a written practice of this method, but they do it as a way to find more out about applicants. Often, there is so much work to do with looking over essays, test scores, and recommendations, that there is no time to look at the social media accounts of applicants. Sometimes applicants include on their application that they want admissions officers to look at social media like blogs, for example, for educational purposes. This shows that there are definitely pros and cons to officers looking at social media accounts of applicants. There have been instances where admissions officers looked at applicants social media and revoked their acceptances because of what they post on their accounts. Last year, a student at Pitzer College in California notified admissions of an offensive comment posted by a prospective student on Facebook. After reviewing this prospective students account, they realized that this is not the type of student they want in their community, so he was denied admission.
    In an effort to try and avoid these social media issues, guidance counselors are tutoring high school students on how to make a better reputation for themselves on social media. Students are taught to delete any photos that may have alcohol in them, or anything that would be considered socially unacceptable. In recent years, students have begun changing their names on social media accounts so they are not found by admissions. A high school senior at East Lansing High School in Michigan believes that deleting pictures on social media that could potentially tarnish your reputation is like adding an extra curricular to your application. You want to be seen as a person they want in their community.

  33. Nicholas Birchby October 13, 2017 at 6:56 pm #

    Social Media is a crazy place nowadays. Kids in high school will post just about anything on social media. What many of these high school kids do not realize, is that they are seriously jeopardizing their futures. Social Media connects people around the world, whatever you post to it, you need to be willing for the entire world to see it. The problem is high school kids post pictures of them drunk chugging beers, or tweeting nasty comments at people, these things do not belong on a college resume. Your social media accounts might as well be a college application, as studies have found many college admission counselors have admitted they search applicants on social media to discover some more information about them before granting them access to the school. 30% of these admission counselors said they found negative information about the applicants when searching their social media accounts. We have heard about business employers searching social media accounts, but it is truly shocking that now even to get accepted to college your social media needs to be completely clean. Many people say that this is a matter of privacy and it is not the employers business. However, if you post it, you need to be willing for anyone in the world to see it. Would you really want your future boss to see a picture of you throwing up in a bush drunk? People do not want to hire someone who is going to be a liability, this is why they research you further. If an employer is interested in your application, they may check your twitter account to see what kind of thoughts you send out to the world. There is a certain level of judgement and decision making in sending out a tweet that a potential employer would be interested in seeing. A big company will not hire someone who was been tweeting racist tweets. One of the reasons that college admission counselors can search an applicants social media is because most universities do not have any rules or laws against admission counselors searching social media. Essentially, the admission counselor is free to use any information about you they find to decide if you are permitted to attend college or not. Without attending a four year university, there are very limited options for an honest living in America. Therefore, it is very wise to strictly monitor what kind of posts you are associated with on social media. You do not want to present yourself as something you are not, and you do not want an employer to see you out late at night acting stupid. There have been countless stories of kids posting something inappropriate on social media and being rejected from college because of it. One kid from my home town had his football scholarships taken away for posting inappropriate content on his twitter account. Even if you are on private, people can send pictures of your posts. You are really never safe when it comes to social media, which is why it is best to just not post anything ridiculous. If you are smart, and monitor your account, you will have no issues with social media. However, there are countless people who have cost themselves great opportunities because they wanted to post a tweet that they thought was funny. Nobody thinks they are going to get in trouble until it is too late. Make all of your accounts private, and only allow your actual friends to follow you, it will avoid a lot of troubles. You can never be too safe on social media.

  34. Greg D'Ottavi October 13, 2017 at 7:17 pm #

    Social media has become the world’s largest source of communication and news over the last 10 to 12 years and has directly affected many aspects of society. Companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram dominate the social media platform and are used by billions of people daily. Never before has there been a way for so many people to connect at any time in any place as long they have internet connection. This article discusses the dangerous side of social media and specifically its role in applying for colleges. Various students mindlessly post to their social media profiles without realizing who can see everything that they say. Colleges across the country have begun looking at applicant’s profiles before admitting them to their schools and this is something that not only high school students should take into consideration; employers everywhere also look at these profiles before giving someone a job.
    I am an avid social media user and can safely say that all of the news I read or hear comes from some form of it. With that said, I am very aware of the dangers and problems that can occur while using social media. When talking about how posting without remorse can affect your chances of being accepted to a school, this issue becomes very serious. There is nothing that prevents every college and university across the country from performing a social media “background” search before admitting someone into their school. The article discusses a case in which a girl who was on a visit to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine was posting derogatory messages about other attendees to Twitter during the presentation. This action happened to play a direct role in her unacceptance from the school. In my opinion, a university is completely within its boundaries to carry out such actions when deciding which students to accept. Applying to colleges is very similar to applying to a job and in a technology driven society, one has to be aware of their actions online. Facebook and Twitter are very beneficial in many ways, but when they are not used with proper thought, they can be very detrimental.
    The article goes on to discuss many other instances in which colleges have done research and either denied students admission or even rescinded offers. It is important in my opinion for colleges to do this type of research because essentially by accepting someone into their school, they are accepting them into their community. There are many aspects of college that are often looked down upon and criticized. When a school has the opportunity to choose who will be attending it is important to choose carefully because they want to avoid problems before they can occur. Something that many students do in order to avoid these problems is create multiple accounts or delete certain posts before applying, but unfortunately that does not always work. When something is deleted off the internet, it is never truly deleted. Anything and everything can be found on the internet if one chooses to dig deep enough. The end of the article discusses how deleting certain posts can look just as bad to a school because it looks like someone is attempting to cover up or disguise who they are. Deleting your information and forging fake accounts is just as bad as owning up to your actions in the first place.
    Social media can be a blessing or a curse, it does not have to be one or the other, but it up to the user. If you expect to be accepted to schools and hired by employers, it is imperative that you think before you post.

  35. Rain Cornelius February 9, 2018 at 10:44 pm #

    Social media may allow a college to see into more than just a students academic life and more into the student’s personality, morals, personal life etc. College is meant to prepare adults for the workplace, for the most part. Admitting someone who cannot control themselves and be respectful on public platforms may guarantee they may not be prepared to do so in the workplace. Being a college student is more than just earning good grades, it is about proving you can be professional as well. Also, colleges can use social media checks to narrow candidates with similar resumes, which can help them see what applicants can conduct themselves professionally or which ones may cause problems down the road.

    I personally see little difference in college admission offices checking a student’s GPA and checking a student’s social media before accepting them to their school. A GPA is not even public information while social media works over a public network, the internet. A student’s grades are important to see if they are competent academically, while a social media account can reveal much about a students character or morals, and both of these together determine if a student is well rounded. To add, students are representatives for their school and how the students act can affect the public’s perception of the school. For example, if a student were to do or say anything newsworthy, most of the time the school the student attends is included. Therefore, if a student were to do or say something compromising on social media or the internet, the school would be put on blast. So, doing a background check on a potential student’s social media account may determine if they will represent the school positively. Moreover, I believe admissions offices do not need to be transparent with their status on checking student’s social media accounts or not. College bound students are, for the most part adults, and should have the common sense to refrain from posting something they may regret to the internet. Overall, a student’s social media account is a reflection of their character and it is fair game for a college to use it to determine if they should be admitted.

  36. Lucas Notarianni February 12, 2018 at 1:09 pm #

    Social media is a large part of hiring in the workplace today, which is why it should be allowed in the college application process. It is surprising to me that people are not aware of colleges following these patterns. I believe that Bowdoin College has the right to investigate into personality background checks of social media because social media is publicly displayed. When I attended high school, my guidance counselors would numerously tell me to be aware of the content we publish online. They would tell me to post as if my grandparents were watching. For myself, I do not have any major source of social media, so I was not worried about any colleges or jobs viewing my nonexistent profiles.

    One big issue with these background checks that Natasha Singer writes is that colleges may view incorrect or false accounts of the applicants. The situation of the student at Bowdoin was obvious because the name matched the person during the tour, while they posted the tweet about other attendees at the same time. Some situations may vary, where the “colleges might erroneously identify the account of a person with the same name as a prospective student, or even mistake an impostor’s account”. For example, if a potential student’s name is very popular like having the last name Smith, it may be very difficult to identify the person. It may seem unfair that because they cannot be identified easily, they will have an advantage of not having their social media used against their application process. Another problem may be if colleges are misled because they wrongly accuse someone of their posts on social media. A fake account, or impostor may ruin one’s reputation this way by posting inappropriate material online. With these cases understood, there needs to be checks and balances where colleges need to have confirmation by applicants to be truthful in clarifying whether the account is actually the applicant’s. That was showed in the article where Colgate college made follow up contacts on a specific case if “an alcohol-related incident that was reported online was indeed true”. All in all, additional policies should be enforced in looking into social media to prove that the posts are legitimate, which may deter colleges from looking into social media accounts.

    After colleges use a confirming process of social media, students should avoid their accounts being seen by using fakes. I believe people should be fully responsible for what they post online, but there are ways the account can be harder to be traced to the owner. Some people use their middle name, or completely false names to avoid unwanted people from looking at them, or secure the account as private. Schools will have more trouble doing background checks this way.

    As a prospective student, one should be aware that people can request to look at the materials on their pages, and denying access means that there is something they want to hide. I believe that colleges should be able to look at social media as a way to decide access in the school; however, it definitely should not be the top priority. Grades and activities listed on the applications should be weighted much heavier than social media. Social media should just be seen as a deciding factor for schools to choose prospective students that are in limbo of being accepted, or denied. Students should know if schools may look at their accounts and should clean-up any inappropriate posts that they believe may harm their image.

  37. Kirsten MacArthur February 13, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

    Social media is a great way for people to stay in touch with their family and friends, as long as it is used appropriately. People do not always realize that everything they put on the internet can be found again, no matter what it is. For example, someone like an future employer or school recruiter could Google search your name and find all of the times that your name shows up on the internet. This gives the person searching for you access to all of your social media accounts in just one click. This may make some people uneasy, including myself. I don’t think I have ever posted anything inappropriate online that would hinder my chances of getting a job or into a school, but it is uncomfortable thinking about the fact that recruiters have the ability to see everything I have ever posted. The pictures I choose to post are being put on Instagram or Facebook because I want my friends and family to see what I’m up to, not strangers. This is exactly why social media sites have a private setting, which apparently not enough people are using.
    Students who are that worried about not getting into college because of what can be found on their social media sites should definitely reconsider having extremely private settings. If your Instagram account is private, all someone can see without following you is your name and biography. It also seems that people should really think twice about what is being posted onto the internet in the first place. If something you are posting is borderline inappropriate, it probably just shouldn’t be posted. Some of your family and friends may even be offended by your inappropriate posts, depending on what it is. Posting anything that can at some point be used against you or that may prevent you from getting a position that you are hoping to get is simply just foolish.
    Although I believe that people should watch what they post on their social media accounts in general, it is also wrong for colleges or job recruiters to not tell you what they saw online about you that caused them to reject you. As the article discusses, there may be something found online that a recruiter believes to be true about an applicant, but it turns out to actually be false. This applicant will get rejected from the position or school and will never know why, even though the reason was actually not even valid. If recruiters are going to go out of their way to search for you online, they should feel comfortable enough with coming to you personally and confirming that this information is indeed true. I actually had a girl once steal my photos from my Instagram page to make her own Instagram, pretending to be me. This is why I feel very strongly about recruiters double checking with you on information found online, because it is definitely possible for fake posts to be made about someone.
    Honestly, spending so much extra time on searching for information on students who are applying to come to your school is tedious and probably just not worth it. It is already so time consuming for schools to review all of the applications, recommendations, and essays they receive each school year, so why is it necessary to dig even deeper to find more information on the student? They have already supplied the school everything they would typically use to consider acceptance, so looking for extra data that the student has not already provided is going too far. It is simply not fair for a school to look at some applicant’s social media sites, but not others. This is just another reason why recruiters should not be searching potential future students or employees online prior to responding to their application.

  38. pasquale v February 13, 2018 at 5:09 pm #

    Social media is a great thing but can ultimately lead to your downfall. People forget that once something is posted on the internet it is there forever. The article discusses how high school seniors may be scrutinized by universities for inappropriate posts. When I was a senior in high school I remember my mom worrying about this very thing. She worried so much that I needed to share my password with her so she can monitor what it is I was posting. At the time I did not see the point of her doing this and I just thought she was being annoying. I am older now and soon will be looking for a job and because of this I realize the importance of being responsible on the internet. Who ever said “your mother is always right” was not wrong.
    Another thing to remember is the fact that social media in today’s world plays a huge role in our everyday lives. There are so many eyes on us and we don’t even realize it. We have multiple social media platforms today. Facebook, Instagram, snapchat, YouTube, and twitter are just some of the popular ones. We need to remember that anybody anywhere has access to these profiles when they want. So being responsible by not posting inappropriate content is key to being successful. Parents also need to play a bigger role in this while they still can. Monitoring what their child posts should be done regularly.

  39. SK February 13, 2018 at 8:00 pm #

    Something we’ve been thought since social media started to gain popularity was to be careful to what we post. High school seniors generally post about a Friday Night Football game or their plans for the weekend, but a small comment about your teacher can quickly escalate to an infamous reputation. As a high school student, rumors and jokes are passed around like a family style dinner at Olive Garden- quickly. As these seniors are applying to colleges, they do remember the same lesson from a young age, but at times their emotions can cloud judgement. Colleges and universities are placing more emphasis on social media accounts as the years go along. An average student who has average grades, is well-rounded and shows some interest can be accepted by many colleges. However, if that same students posts heinous remarks and photos on Facebook or Twitter, their chances of getting a college acceptance declines. Colleges, universities and institutions find information on social media that would never show in a college application, essay or SAT scores. On paper, anyone can make themselves seem scholarly and credible, but browsing through social media shows one’s professionalism or work ethic by posts and pictures. As high school students would think it is all innocent and for laughs, colleges don’t see it the same way. From a university’s perspective, admitting a student who is labelled as a “party animal” on Instagram and portrays an inappropriate behavior, is not someone to represent the university’s values and motto.
    Going beyond high school, this problem is apparent in the workplace as well. An employee can nonchalantly post a rude remark about a co-worker on Facebook, and disputes start to arise. That employee who made the comment allowed his/her animosity to cloud his/her proper judgement, and it is why his/her professionalism and reputation crumbles. The company no longer wants him/her to be a representative of the company. Like college applicants, those seeking for work must be cautious of what they post on the internet. What started off as a reaction, can quickly escalate to “venting” on social media causing a negative image to the associated company. High school students applying to colleges or those seeking work must be aware of the repercussions that come with an “innocent post.”
    Some may argue a company or college has no right to covertly do a background check on the applicant through social media, however, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), it is not illegal for a company to perform a background check. This allows companies to look through one’s criminal, health, social history and much more. From a colleges perspective, colleges and universities clearly state their background checks will be done before finalizing the student’s application. Colleges and universities such as Macalester College and Cornell College state their purpose to look through an applicant’s social media prior to a student applying to that college, university or institution. To some, this is an invasion of privacy and “unfair” to use social media or perform a background check to determine an individual’s future. In contrast, nothing is ever private anymore. Everything on the world wide web is floating in some database and can never be permanently deleted. As we hit “delete” on a comment or picture, it may not appear prominently, but it is still available to someone. If colleges and companies had an incentive to search for “deleted” content, I am sure they can find it.
    Stated in the article, some high school’s today take action to prevent a university or college to find the smallest inclination of a student’s determination or desire for an elite education. For example, Brookline College educates students the importance of right versus wrong on social media. While showing and speaking to high school seniors about the importance of maintaining an appropriate image on social media, students can amend their accounts to avoid college denials on something as “small” as social media. For the workplace and beyond, employers, past teachers, mentors and friends can help applicants become aware of the covert background companies can do to decide the applicants position in a company. Social media can be an imperative part to a high school senior starting college applications, and it is just as important as his/hers grade, activities, and community involvement.


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  40. John Whale February 15, 2018 at 3:45 pm #

    Imagine your whole life you work hard in school, and do everything right in the public’s eye. Just to get your dream job or get into your dream college, but social media ruins those chances. This happens a lot in the world that we live in today. We are surrounded by social media and are glued to our phones on the daily. We make posts that we think are funny but some others may not. Once you tweet out something, or take a picture of something and put it on the internet; it is legit out there forever.
    Out of a survey of 380 college admissions, they said about 30 percent of those officers look on Facebook and other social media outlets. Not only that out of 380 admissions they found 30 percent negatively affected their college admissions because of negative social media. Not only is this affecting students, it’s also negatively affecting adults looking for employment. Some get their job and admissions revoked just because of these social media networks.
    If you say anything negative about teachers, someone will read that bring it to the higher offices. Some could even get suspended for their offensive language. Also, say you get arrested for drunk driving, a school could get notified of this and the student could get dropped that way too. Some kids think that the admissions officers are not capable to use the technology like kids do. But this is just false, most of the college admissions officers are pretty tech savvy. So next time you think about tweeting that offensive thing that you think is funny, just don’t.

  41. Zachary Corby February 15, 2018 at 5:56 pm #

    Once you post something, it is there forever. That was always drilled into my head as a kid by my parents, and it is always said by many authority figures. People need to start realizing that what they post on social media really matters. People nowadays use any social media to post things that are very irrelevant and unnecessary. Not only that but people are very disrespectful and stupid with the things that they post. Ultimately, I believe that colleges should look at prospective students social media but it should not be a heavy factor.
    At some point and time, kids need to start learning responsibility and how important their image is. If a student is applying to college, they are hoping that in four to six years they will have a career and be making a lot of money. They will also be paying thousands of dollar to attend college in order to achieve these goals, with a lot of student having to plunge into a lot of debt in order to pay. If a student is going to take out thousands in student loans, can’t they be responsible enough not to post anything stupid on social media? Posting simple things like underage drinking or smoking are clearly avoidable things that show that students care a lot more about looking cool rather than their professional image. The age of reason is 7 years old, meaning that when students are posting negative and inappropriate things it isn’t because they do not know any better, it is because they do not think anyone is going to find out. Is it really that hard to at least put your account on private so that random people cannot see what you are posting? There is a lot of common sense that goes into this that students seem to ignore, which is why I believe colleges should be allowed to use social media in their decision process.
    Social media can also be a very good way to determine what type of person you are which is important to a college. They really only get to the judge a person based off of their essay and their recommendations which are not nearly a true reflection on the personality of the students. If a student has a good social media than it can really help to boost the case for entry for them. Problems can be avoided by checking someone’s social media. For example, someone who is religiously intolerant probably would not make a good fit at a catholic university. Taking these students with questionable social media into account, helps to ensure that colleges can get the deserving students admitted. In no way is it fair that someone who is genuinely not a good person, or who is posting inappropriate photos should get into a tough school over someone who is doing everything right. The article referred to how one school was very selective, and when a school is that selective they should be doing everything in their power to make sure they are getting the right people who are going to make the school a better place. One of the article’s big arguments was about how people have multiple accounts, which generally isn’t true. It was also very worried about not getting the right person which would lead them to false assumptions, which you can usually see from a profile picture whether it is the person they are looking for or not. If they college is not sure if it is their social media then they shouldn’t hold it against them but if they are sure it can help benefit a lot of people. Even if someone gets denied from college because of their social media it is better for them to learn now then it be when they are applying for an actual job and do not get I because of a silly picture they could of taken down. The world is moving forward with technology and social media, I expect this to become a normal practice for colleges soon and kids need to start learning that what they post matters.

  42. Sophia Fadgen February 15, 2018 at 8:02 pm #

    In today’s younger generations, it is not uncommon to see students walking through hallways or in class using their cell phones. Despite the constant use of technology surrounding our younger generations, there seems to be a lack of educating these young adults on the possibilities of misusing their devices. The misuse of these devices is most often found on social media platforms. Young adults are naive to believe that anything posted on the internet can ever be permanently deleted or privatized. It is because of this naive mindset that it is especially important to educate young adults on the possible misuses of their devices with the freedom that it provides.
    I strongly believe that one of the most valuable lessons any young adult could learn is the issue that nothing posted on any internet platform is ever completely private and can never be deleted permanently. Comments and posts made on social media platforms can not only harm a perspectives student’s chances of acceptance to the college of their choosing but could also harm them even further in the future when it comes time to apply for jobs. This article describes the increasing percentage of college advisors who have gone back to a perspectives students social media to find out more about the student. It may not be realized by such young adults that the way one presents themselves on the internet and on social media will show more than they believe about their character and personal attitudes and values. This can be found out by a simple like of a Facebook page or a comment on a friends Instagram picture. Like the saying goes, a picture tells a thousand words.
    Remembering back to my own college application process, I recall being lectured many times in school of the dangers of social media. Counselors often warned students of the way they had been presenting themselves online and to ensure that they are expressing themselves in a respectable and appropriate manner. Although, it is likely that these lectures had come too late for some students. In today’s society, it is not uncommon to see children as young as an elementary school with a cellphone in hand. It is because of this that proper online activity should be taught at an earlier age, rather than waiting until a students senior year of high school. At this point, it could be assumed that many students have already been actively present on social media sites for several years. It is because of this that the education of social media presence should be provided to students of all ages and at an early stage in their lives than the senior year of high school and the only reasoning for keeping a cleaner profile should not just focus on a students prospective college career.

  43. Olivia Mason February 16, 2018 at 10:00 am #

    We live in an unprecedented era where perhaps the most important things you say and do, aren’t actually the things you physically say and do. Social media, now more that at its inception, is starting to play a role that isn’t as superficial as what people once thought. While it has been well documented recently that employers look to job candidate’s social media accounts, it has been less reported that college admission officers do the same thing.
    I have heard of admissions officers and university presidents’ revoking students’ admission to colleges or doling out punishments to students due to their online presence. At Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia there was a scandal in which 13 dentistry students were suspended over explicit comments made about females in the school on a Facebook group. Likewise at Harvard the men’s soccer team rated the females on the women’s soccer team and posted it on a public google doc and the team was suspended for the rest of regular season play and any post season play. Again, at Harvard, 10 students had their admissions offers revoked after racist and sexually obscene Facebook messages were shared. While it may seem as though social media and online screening of college applicants would be a good thing: maybe those students involved in these incidents have shown these types of tendencies already and the offers of admission could have never happened in the first place; it is actually quite nerve-wracking.
    Social media, while maybe not a new concept when thinking in the short term, is a relatively new dynamic. One of the major issues I have with colleges (and it would extend to employers) using online screening is the issue of catfishing. I know multiple people who have experienced catfishing at some level. My own mother had someone take information from her hardly used Facebook account and create an Instagram profile for her. While it was reported, the site did not take it down as they chalked it up to being simply a coincidence. Having firsthand knowledge of the inactivity taken by some social media platforms, it’s worrying that these “catfished” profiles could be used in the college admissions process, something the applicants have no control over. While excusing mistakes for reasons as simple as “they’re just dumb teenagers” isn’t a reasonable excuse, it does hold merit. If highly competitive institutions began looking at social media to study a candidate’s aptitude, it could rule out potentially exceptional applicants. On another level I wonder what the penalty would be (if any) to an applicant if they didn’t have any forms of social media. If using online social media screening became common place, would it be a disadvantage as admissions officers wouldn’t have as much information to make a decision based off? While it is rare to see a person (particularly as you move into younger generations) without social media, it still is a possibility.
    Ultimately, I find the idea of admissions officers screening social media to help make admission decisions worrisome. There are too many uncontrollable and unknown factors in the process that could disadvantage fantastic candidates. While I know that the use of screening is inevitable, I think social media sites (in light of this new screening) should take catfishing complaints more seriously and more procedural rules should be in place for the admissions officers that are doing the actual screening to make sure that everyone has a relatively fair chance.

  44. Thomas Saulle February 16, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

    This article gives a good example of college’s and how some view your social media accounts in the process. She was tweeting inconsiderate and hostile things about the people around her at this campus information session. Clearly her scholastic record was what banished her from section, however the tweets most likely would have ruined her odds regardless of whether she had a decent evaluations. Regardless, all that we say online is observed. Planned bosses and scholarly establishments have been known to screen the online networking records of anybody .This implies the way you conduct yourself matters, as one hostile tweet or post could cost you significantly more than it is worth.
    Online networking is a vast part of the hiring process in the work environment today, which is the reason it should be permitted in the school application process. It is astounding to me that individuals don’t know about universities following these examples. With an end goal to attempt and maintain a strategic distance from these web-based social networking issues, guidance counselors at most high schools now are trying to provide students with the most proficient method to improve themselves via web-based networking media. Online networking’s effect is genuine and especially a common subject for the millennial age. We should go to the acknowledgment that once a post is put out, a huge number of individuals approach it. Ultimately, deleting something never really erases permanently from the internet.


  45. Ryan Blume February 16, 2018 at 6:38 pm #

    I understand why colleges want to look at applicant’s social media. For the most part, the application they submit tells the admissions office about applicant’s academic career. The office only sees the academic side of the applicant, but they want to see how a person is outside of academics. Of course a student is going to make their application the best it can be and they will do their best to leave out any negative things about them. Viewing someone’s social media is a better way to learn about their lifestyle. For example, the girl at the Bowdoin presentation posted inappropriate comments about the students. This showed that instead of focusing on what she was supposed to, she was more interested in making other people look bad. It’s possible that behavior could have continued had she got accepted, and it could be the reason her grades suffered a little in high school. However, even if the grades are taken out of consideration, it isn’t right to have someone constantly making fun of other students because it wouldn’t make the college look good. Bowdoin’s dean of admissions said, “We would have wondered about the judgment of someone who spends their time on their mobile phone and makes such awful remarks.” Clearly, when someone does something like this, schools think that the students judgement could be affected.
    The article also mentions that some colleges don’t use social media to do further research on the student because there could be flaws to that method. If the applicant’s name is searched online, it’s possible that the name that comes up is not the same person the college is trying to identify. This would hurt the applicant because the college is looking at false content that has nothing to do with the applicant. That false content could prevent someone from going to the college of their dreams and affect their future. I think that looking at someone’s social media can be effective because the more information there is on the applicant, the better chance the college is sure the student will succeed. But if they do this, they should require the applicant to submit a photo of themselves so it makes it easier for colleges to find student’s social media. They should also see if their information matches anything on their social media pages.

  46. Brianna Avery February 16, 2018 at 6:44 pm #

    Many universities are looking up applicants social media accounts to see who they are giving admission. Students with offensive pictures or even posts are being turned down by universities who see the material. Once a photo is taken and posted on social media, it is there forever and for universities to use this against applicants is not fair.
    Some people today had social media accounts since they were about eight or nine. When a child is that young and are not having their social media accounts monitored, they do not know if that one video they shared could potentially harm their chances of getting into a college. Children between the ages of eight and nine, most likely are not even thinking about college. Therefore, I do not believe it is fair for universities to hold an image a child posted or a comment about one of their teachers from years ago should be held against them.
    I’ve had social media accounts since I was a kid. It started out with Myspace; then it was Facebook, Instagram, etc. When I was older, I deleted my Myspace account and multiple photos from my Instagram. To this day, if someone were to search my full name on google, my old Myspace photos will appear. Sometimes, facebook promotes your Instagram profile for your friends to see. One day I scrolled down my friend’s facebook account and seen my Instagram pictures with the header “Your friends are using Instagram.” Among those photos were photos I deleted back in 2015. They were not bad photos its just what if they were? Those photos were taken and posted in 2011 when I wasn’t honestly thinking about the impact it may have in the future. In my case, I deleted the photos. I’m pretty sure some people have removed things from their social media accounts just for it to reappear. Also, what if a fake profile of a student is created? The author, Natasha Singer, states: ‘For one thing, Mr. Shear told me, colleges might erroneously identify the account of a person with the same name as a prospective student — or even mistake an impostor’s account — as belonging to the applicant, potentially leading to unfair treatment. “Often,” he added, “false and misleading content online is taken as fact.”’ There’s a lot of factors to consider before universities decide to view prospective students social media. For instance, how do they know if that is honestly the student’s account? How would they know if someone hacked the student’s account?
    In conclusion, a student’s social media account should not be a factor in deciding if the student should be permitted to attend a university as long as there are not any threatening posts on their profiles. Kids post things at a young age not understanding the repercussions. Every day some people are unfortunate enough to be victims of social media hacking where people can publish unfavorable things. There are just some things universities should not hold against prospective students.

  47. Moniqua Prince February 16, 2018 at 8:32 pm #

    Throughout middle school and high school, I mainly preferred to stay off social media. I had always been warned about colleges and businesses looking at my social media profiles, and I had heard about students not being admitted to colleges because of the pictures they posted on their pages. Not only that, I also saw the affect that social media had on my peers. I chose instead to keep a low profile, and not interact with social media as much as my peers just in case I decided to make rash decisions. In turn, being off social media did keep me from making rash decisions because I felt no need to impress my peers.
    Reading this article makes me contemplate the actions I took as a child though. In the article a point was made that Admission offices should not technically look at social media profiles to decide if they want to admit a student. How could they really know if that is the actual person’s social media? Which made me in turn think about how many people similar names have, and also how crazy people can be. People post things about others that they necessarily do not have the permission to post, nor should they post it. Certain admission officers, due to the access of information they have, must have forgotten that most kids and teenagers are still developing. Their frontal lobes have definitely not developed fully in their young age, and their frontal lobes, which help them to make decisions that are not rash, will not be fully developed until they are in their twenties. There are so many facts and what-ifs that admission officers need to take into mind before writing off these young kinds.
    Along with that though, if admission officers are using social media and admittees digital foot print to accept them or not, they should inform the student. They should especially inform the student if they have found something that would disqualify that student, and also make sure they understand the story behind whatever they have found on said students digital profile. A name is just a name in certain circumstances. It is also common knowledge that everything found on the internet is not true. With this in mind, officers should definitely ask questions about what they are perceiving online to make sure it is true.
    In all, students should watch what they post on their social media and admittance officers should verify what they find online to be true. With so much access to technology, it should not be that hard to reach out to a student for factual information about themselves. It should also be kept in mind that we as students are not perfect and biologically are prone to making rash decisions due to developments in our bodies. Nothing should ever just be taken at face value.

  48. Alyssa Heagy February 16, 2018 at 9:14 pm #

    This is very true that someones social media presence and digital foot print will follow someone’s life opportunities. I think that looking at social media can be an important step into getting into colleges. Especially if the potential student makes crude, disrespectful, and inappropriate posts. Before making any posts I always think about the content of the post or what I am saying. Social media post reflects a person’s character and what they think of. If a potential student made a crude post this would reflect how they are and that they didn’t even think before posting. In the article when it talks about the person looking at their social medias and how it might be an imposter or wrong person. I think that maybe colleges or companies should now start adding a part to their applications about social media. An applicant’s social media shouldn’t have any content to hide, besides there are plenty of settings to hide content or delete it. Also, today people who want to make questionable posts have fake accounts to express without judgment.
    In the job world looking at social media is a must in the Human Recourse position. Looking through social media is so important for them because they are choosing potential employers who will represent their company in their positions they take. Many of my friends have deleted all their social media because they don’t want anyone to judge their posts or look at their personal life. Social Media posts should be taken seriously and be thought about regardless of applying for opportunities such as college or jobs.

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