The summer before college, I found it comforting that there was so much social media for college students to connect with each other. Not only did I get to research life at my school, but I actually met some of my future classmates! Here are the social networks that I used and that you could use, too, to network with other college students.
Facebook is the king of social media for college students. I was delighted to find tons of Facebook groups related to my school, from my class of 2016 group, to sports teams, to the school newspaper. By joining or liking these groups and pages, I was able to stay informed on the school activities I was interested in before my freshman year started.
Most colleges have groups for each class, and I’ve found that these are great ways to make friends. On the class of 2016 page, people uploaded their prom pictures, posted information about upcoming concerts, and asked who else was in their majors. Through commenting and liking these posts, I found people with similar interests. I added a few people on Facebook, forging relationships before my first day of school.
My school is a little social media crazy. Because of this, it has an official Twitter tag. I learned about this on my official visit, and I was excited to discover all of the school-related tweets on Twitter. I got to learn a lot about the culture of my school — that their favorite sport is Quidditch and that professors often play Lady Gaga videos in class — from my fellow scholars’ tweets. I also followed a few of the people who frequently tweeted about the school. Though your school might not have an official Twitter tag, searching your school’s name on Twitter will certainly yield some tweets, and a lot of information about what it’s really like at your school.
Tumblr is great for networking, since many pages include a place for asking questions. Search Tumblr for your school’s name, and you’ll find the students who blog about your school. If they seem like people you’d like to get to know, or who know a lot about your school, ask them a question. A few of my friends who often use Tumblr have received questions from prospective students, and they’ve been happy to answer them. You’ll learn a lot of valuable information and maybe make a few upperclassmen friends.
Many schools have official undergraduate admissions blogs written by current students. These are great sources of information about life at your school. I remember obsessively reading each post as the summer dragged by. If your school doesn’t have an official blog, search Google for blogs about your school. Many students choose to blog about their college experiences and, like Tumblr, many of these blogs have a place for anonymous questions.
I’m sure that, like me, you’ll be able to learn a lot about your school through friendships made on Facebook and information gained through blogs, Tumblr, and Twitter. You’ve probably grown up using social media, so meeting people this way should be a breeze!
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