Today, students are plugged in like never before. The presence of social media in classrooms and in our lives can be huge and even overwhelming at times. On the other hand, there are a lot of ways to use social media to make your life easier and more efficient.
When you’re applying for schools, here’s how you can use social media to your advantage:
||Look for the school’s official reddit page. There will be information from current students about their experiences, and you can search for threads about day-to-day life, classes, or clubs. You can also get a feel for what students are asking/talking about.|
||Look for the school’s official Facebook page. You’ll get information on news surrounding ventures or research your school is involved with.|
|If you’re looking for “chance me” threads or questions about admission, this is your best bet. Google “college confidential” + your school.|
|Here’s where you can look for personal accounts from students or just look at some beautiful pictures of campus! Check your school’s name in the tags.|
||Look for your school’s official Twitter for school-specific information, or use a popular hashtag to join the conversation.|
If you are a transfer student from a small school or community college, the resources available at your new school may seem hard to navigate. Here are some tips on how to make the most of it:
1. Most important: Use the official Facebook groups connected to your school! They’ll link you to the many types of Facebook groups that usually exist within an university.
Incoming transfer class Facebook group. You can use this group to ask questions, connect with other incoming transfers, and get up-to-date information.
Buy textbooks and find housing. I’ve used both to buy cheap used book, or exchanged textbooks with other students. I’ve also found an apartment-mate through the Facebook group, since students are always searching for housing.
Classes and organizations. As you become more involved on campus, you’ll be invited to different groups made specifically for your organization.
2. Get news about scholarships and financial aid opportunities through Twitter and Facebook! Besides simply googling for information, your school may link to potential scholarships you might qualify for on their financial aid page.
3. Get information on events and free things with Facebook and Reddit. Facebook events are a goldmine of information on what’s going on around campus. Be on the lookout for those magic words (“free food,” haha) and press “Interested” if you want to get notifications! Furthermore, sometimes organizations will advertise their event on Reddit or other students will link to upcoming ones.
Again, I can’t stress just googling for information and checking your email regularly for updates! These are simply additional ways you can gain more information, whether you’re a prospective transfer or a transfer student. Let us know if there are any other tips you might have or questions on how to find certain information. Good luck!
– Michelle L.