Social Media

Gen Z, Social Media, and College Enrollment

Generation Z. Who are they? Here’s one definition: Generation Z is the demographic cohort following Generation Y, also known as the Millennials or the Millennial Generation; other names suggested for the cohort include iGeneration (iGen), Gen Tech, Gen Wii, Net Gen, Digital Natives and Plurals. At least from this explanation, one can see a number of connecting threads, most of which are technologically based. Personally, I like ...

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The Social Media Circus

If you’re a resident of Planet Earth, I don’t need to tell you what’s happening in America these days. There are horrendous tragedies being detailed in the news, seemingly every hour. Politics are a divisive tsunami washing over us from all directions. Privacy is fading fast and finding “good” (as in uplifting and inspiring) news ...

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Social Media Impact on Admissions

One of the hotter admissions-related topics the past year or two has been how your social media “presence” can affect your admission chances. It’s now common knowledge that admissions officers routinely take some time to visit the social media pages of applicants to get a vibe for who that young woman or man is. I’ve ...

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Public Exposure Can Be Dangerous

Contrary to what Captain Kirk says at the beginning of every Star Trek episode, space is not the final frontier. Privacy is. Why? Social media. The big offender in this arena is Facebook, of course. I call Facebook The Home of Dirty Laundry. I do that with good reason. Facebook seems to satisfy people’s desire ...

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Don’t Do A Facebook About-Face

I’ve written before about admissions officers exploring applicants’ Facebook pages. Sometimes that’s good news and other times it’s not so good news. My personal opinion is that admissions officers don’t have enough time in their days to check out a ton of applicants on Facebook. The numbers are just too overwhelming. However, I do have ...

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Facebook Follies

It’s clear to me that many, if not most, high school students don’t understand the limits of privacy online. My philosophy is: “Don’t put anything online that you wouldn’t want featured on American Idol.” A corollary to my online privacy mantra might also be “Don’t put anything online that you wouldn’t want the admissions offices ...

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Reboot Your Life

Our world is frantic. There is very little time for repose and reflection. It seems as though everything is hurtling toward some unknown, undefined goal that requires constant motion and agitation. This situation is especially evident in the young generation of today’s high school and college students. Have you ever noticed that on TV network ...

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Internet “Safety” and College Admissions

Question: I am a high school counselor who has been given the task of creating a curriculum for Internet safety. An area that I would like to address is the idea that colleges could access information about individual students via the Internet. I would also like to address how this can affect scholarship possibilities. Do ...

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Facebook, MySpace, and College Apps

Let’s all turn on a camera into our private lives! Thinking back to my youth (when dinosaurs roamed the earth), I cringe to think of someone taking candid shots of my fun activities and then posting them at the grocery store or post office. What would that have done to my reputation and public image? ...

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Facebook the Music

If you’re a high schooler involved with one or more of those world famous social networking sites, be careful about what you (or your friends) choose to reveal about your personal life. Posting reckless information can be hazardous to your college admission chances. In an interesting article in the Los Angeles Times: Some colleges checking ...

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