By Monica Mumblow
Did you think before you posted that picture of you and your friends at the party this past weekend?
There are many colleges that look at young adults social media before they make the final decision of whether or not they want them to attend their college or university. According to About.com, “In a 2012 survey of 500 admissions officers from top colleges (350 responded), the education experts at Kaplan Test Prep learned that roughly twenty six percent visit social networking sites such as Facebook to learn more about applicants.” It is becoming a trend that colleges are looking at your social media, so be careful with your posts.
There are many reasons why colleges are looking at students social media. The main reason is because they want to know what you are like in a non-educational environment. They want to make sure that they are not only getting a person with good scholastics, but with also good ethics. Alina Tarrillo, a junior at Viera High School, told me that she thinks, “The colleges look at social media to gather background knowledge on students for discipline and social reasons. They gain a better understanding of how a student may act, think, and learn.”
Some students look down upon this . According to Krista Rich, a freshman at Viera High School, “Student’s privacy is taken away.” People feel that since the college admissions don’t follow you home on the weekend, they shouldn’t be able to at look what you do on the weekend when your are not in an educational environment.
There are some people who believe that the student is responsible for what they post and if they are who they say they are then they have nothing to hide. Ciara Spencer, a freshman at Viera High School believes, “Students are fully responsible for what they post on the internet, and if they don’t want someone to see it, they shouldn’t post it.”
There are many different sides to this argument, is it right or wrong? What do you think?