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College shocker: Tweet leads to revoking acceptance

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Social media may not get a student a college admission letter but according to yesterday's article on sacbee.com, it can turn an acceptance into a rejection. Countdown to college: Think before you post your application on Dec. 23 reports the following cautionary tale:

One student…tweeted that she had been rejected from Columbia, her first choice, but that she was accepted at NYU with an exceptionally generous scholarship.
That was innocent enough until the follow-up tweet blurted out that she planned to attend NYU and then transfer to Columbia. NYU got wind of the tweets and revoked her acceptance.

As early decision applicants get the answer to their admission applications and others prepare for their turn, it is a word to the growing wise to use social media to help not hinder goals.

Here are three major posting rules:

  1. Grandma rule Be sure each post passes Grandma muster were she to read it.
  2. Golden rule Post about others as one would like to be posted about.
  3. Silver rule Don’t post about others in ways that one would not like to be posted about.

Apply the rules to social media and best express thoughts and define an online image to form an online reputation. Align profiles with college and job applications to highlight accomplishments, hobbies, interests, experiences, community service, honors and awards.

Watch the video, 5 Social Media Mistakes That Could Hurt Your Career because the tips apply to the college-bound also.

UPDATE: The sacbee.com article has been removed because according to The Charlotte Observer, the original piece has been modified because:

”Editor’s note. An earlier version of this column that stated an NYU student had her acceptance revoked after tweeting that she planned to transfer schools was incorrect. The school said the incident never occurred.”

During the prime time season of students preparing and sending in college admission, They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets appeared in The New York Times on Nov. 9, 2013. This is an excerpt:

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…

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.

Why is a student’s social media digital footprint an issue? It’s a question of that person’s judgement to make questionable remarks. And there are many other applicants who don't post inappropriately.

The message to be careful about posting via social media remains true.

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