Social media tips for students
As a student, social media can be your best friend or your best
worst enemy. It can be an excellent way to connect with like-minded people and
Networks. It can also be your downfall, if what people see in the first place, if they do
Check out your social
Media accounts do not match the image of a potential future employer
or graduate department is looking for. A social media presence is good
Idea, but only if you use it wisely.
Clean up old profiles
If you're like most people your age, you have social media
Profiles dating back to your early teens. It is probably time to delete some
She. Indeed, unless you specifically base your career on one or more
Nuclearizing and starting your profiles every few years is not a bad idea
fresh. Not only does this make sure your past is less likely to return
chases you, but also helps you clear out all of the random people you met in class
or during the spring break that you haven't spoken to since. In the meantime, stay tuned
Note that privacy settings are there for a reason. While you shouldn't post things
Online, you'd worry that strangers, parents, or future employers would see it
Even so, it's still a good idea to put your accounts on hold as much as possible.
Find grants and loans
While you use databases and search engines to find
Scholarships and private student loans online that you may not have considered
Check social media. However, this can be a great way to connect with
Communities of other students who can point you in the direction
Grants and loans. You can also read reviews and find out if the
Organizations and lenders that you are considering have a presence on social media. This
can help you find some otherwise obscure scholarships as well as private ones
Lenders who have happy customers. This can be especially helpful when you are
Lenders for student loans instead of going to your local bank where you can
speak to someone face to face.
Connect with professionals
Are you thinking about becoming a doctor, biologist, or doctor?
Writer? Regardless of your ambitions, you can find professionals on social media who
write about their work and even answer questions. This can be a good way to go
Find out more about the areas that interest you. Be sure you are respectful
the time of professionals who offer this free insight into their work.
Trust but check
There is an old joke on the internet that says nobody knows
You're a dog and it's funny because it's at least somewhat true. For different
Reasons some people will strive to build an internet
alter ego. Other people are very different in real life than they are online
Persona. This means that while social media can be great
For networking, you should be careful when you trust or accept a job
Offers from people you have not yet met. If your social media contact
is someone that nobody seems to have met online in real life – or who is just one
Person claims to have met – healthy skepticism may be the right attitude.