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To Post or Not to, Post:

The students social guide


What does your Profile Say About you?

by Alexa McArthur

12 December 2013

When it comes to people looking at our photos and thoughtful comments on Facebook, everyone naturally wonders what will people think of me when I post this? What do I want people to see? Does this reflect me and who I am? Ok, maybe we dont always get analytical about our posts but it turns out that everything you post describes you to a tee. So much so that a stranger could look at your profile on Facebook for duration of minutes and be able to accurately describe your personality. Kind of scary, right? Its a common misconception when people say that users are trying to be someone theyre not through their profiles. Mitja D. Back and a large group of professors in the Department of Psychology at several universities around the nation looked into this misconception and found that online profiles reflect peoples actual personalities. When testing, they had complete strangers look through profile owners pages and rate them on the Big Five personality traits (extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, openness to experience, and neuroticism). They also asked the profile owner to explain their ideal self, or what they wished they would be. After collecting this information, the researchers found that the observers

conclusions matched the owners actual personality, and there was no support for the ideal-self hypothesis. This means that when an admissions committee is going through hundreds to thousands of applications each year, if taking the time to look, would fin d a lot of good information about their potential students by looking online. Big colleges have so many applicants that its easy to assume that they just dont have enough time to add a social media search to the list. Lets say, though, that a private university with a smaller population wants to create a diverse community on their campus. By looking at students Facebook profiles, they can safely assume that the information they come across describes their applicant, according to Backs research. They could also use this when assigning dorm roommates; choosing to put people together who match in order to avoid roommate trade. Whether an admissions officer looks you up on Facebook or that cute boy you met in your first day of college, they will have an accurate first (or second) impression of you; if thats a positive or negative impression is based on the real you, whether you tried or not!

Featured this week: Josie Carter Josie is a student at Kansas State University who shares her uplifting story about how her social networking accounts helped her into the program of her dreams (PAGE 2)

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Why Schools Use Social Media: The Details Every Student Should Know
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Hey Students! Have any experiences with social media in the real world? Send us your story to be featured!

Research has found that women in college spend around 10 hours a week on social media and men spend around 7-8 a week, where most of it is just scrolling through feeds. That is a big distraction and large amount of time

Why Schools Use Social Media

by Alexa McArthur

Coaches use it. Employers use it, often. So when colleges want to use social media when considering who to admit to their institution, we naturally question their intentions. In response to this contemplation, there are two ways in which to best describe why social media is showing up in school: 1. TO PROTECT YOU AND YOUR PEERS It is rare that there are people in the admissions office whose only job it is to lurk through students social profiles to find the slightest negative post or picture and judge them upon it. It does not happen and probably wont be a significant problem in the future. Most of the time, if people are asked to look into someones profile, it is because of a previous red flag that they have been notified of. They dont want to ruin your dreams. More like protect you of any other students that do not fit the expectations of the school that you yourself must follow.

College Students Listen Up & Put the Smartphone Down!


2. TO GET TO KNOW YOU Schools are not only using social media in admitting students, but make it a goal to reach out to them through social media. When students are spending so much time online, in general, schools take the opportunity to look at what their students are interested in in order to cater to their needs and wants. School isnt always the bad guy! They often have your best interests in mind.

Of college students are users of Facebook.

Featured this week:

Josie Carter Junior at Kansas State University, English Major Josie is from Kansas City, Missouri and graduated high school in 2011. Her passion for English began early on in school years and she began a blog beginning in her sophomore year of high school and continues to post entries when she is not busy. Josie, unlike some students, had a great opportunity thrown her way as a result of sharing her blog on her social media sites. Josie expressed interest to one of her English professors about any internship or tutoring opportunities that may be available. Her professor then turned over some of Josies work to another faculty member who was looking for an intern that would also consider being a teaching assistant. When looking into Josies information, they chose to look at all social media pages linked to her name in order to make sure she was a serious student and would fit the job. Upon looking, they found her blog that offered several pieces that displayed her development and enthusiasm as a writer. Based on this, they decided on Josie for the position. Josie tells us that she is not sure if her blog was influential enough alone to get here the job, but she is thankful that she took the time to share it online. She now earns class credit for her work and hopes to graduate early, at the end of next fall.

Of 453 colleges surveyed said they used some kind of social media when looking at students applications.


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