Students share thoughts on social media

Kimberly Haller

Staff Writer

When it comes to reality, students need to use extreme caution as to what they decide to put on their social media accounts. Sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are all ways for people to connect and stay updated with what is potentiallyhappeningallover the world. When it comes to applying for a job, a majority of companies are looking past cover letters and resumes; searching your name on the internet to view your life on a personal level.

It is extremely important that students don’t share too much when it comes to social media. How a student presents themselves online is almost how a potential employer will view you when they consider you for future employment. Junior Elizabeth DeAngelis, a minor in Early Childhood education,madeavalidpoint when it comes to teaching and the potential risks of social media. “We can’t post certain information as teachers on Facebook,” DeAngelis said. “Employers look into it before hiring, and if you post one thing that is unappealing, you might have ruined your chance of employment for that specific place.”

The Office of Career Services was able to put together a series of information regarding the usage of social media. According to the Social Media guide that Career Services provided, Twitter and Instagram “is more like the cocktail party.” Professionals and companies also use this platform to have discussions on specific topics using the “hashtag” symbol (#), and topics are easy to search through this function as well.”

Senior Amanda Nardozzi, a public relations student, was able to give her input regarding social media.

“As a PR student, I use social media to help network with other students and companies,” Nardozzi said. “I’m especially fond with LinkedIn because it really allows you to connect with the people that share the same interests with you. You can even send people to help you out in your career, and stay up-to-date with what is occurring in the eld you are interested in.”

There are also different ways of using social media besides using sites such as LinkedIn. Senior Courtney Rickett does not believe that our campus uses social media sufficiently.

“I believe the only department that does a great job with social media is the Athletic department,” Rickett said. “The athletic department is able to provide students with stats, game plays, and even scores on Twitter.”

She continued by saying “When it comes to social media, the of ce of Admissions does not do an efficient job simply because their hashtags and phrases rarely make sense—they are super contradicting and don’t understand what students want.”

With that being said, social media can either be a pro or a con when it comes to college life and the life of an employer. The way our campus communicates on social media and what others post is crucial for those who are seeking future employment.