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Social Media Dos and Don’ts Every College Student Should Know

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Posted on August 27, 2015 by Delaware Valley University .

At Delaware Valley University, we work toward comprehensive growth for all of our students. College is a time when individuals can find out who they are as they encounter learning experiences outside the classroom to prepare for life in the real world. One of those out-of-the-classroom experiences that students will encounter is how to carry themselves on various social media platforms.

Social media is an important facet of everyday life for a college student, whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or the newest app out there. Maintaining proper social media practices will help you to succeed, while poor practices will do the exact opposite. 

To contribute to your growth as a student, DelVal is here to provide some social media dos and don’ts that every college student should know.

DO Have a Positive Social Media Presence
Being active on social media is strong quality for a college student. Future employers will look at your social media presence, and a strong, active and engaging one is beneficial. Keep your posts positive and informative because you want people to see you in an affirmative light, not a negative one. 

DON’T Post Questionable Photos
Don’t jeopardize a future career with a picture of you doing a keg stand just so you look cool when other students check your profile. Remember, once you post something on social media, it’s out there for everyone to see. Do you think a hiring manager wants to see a photo of a potential employee drunk dancing?

DO Use Social Media to Connect with Prospective Employers
If you’re not currently on LinkedIn, you should consider making a profile today. All college students should take advantage of the LinkedIn social media platform. Reaching out and connecting with hiring managers and professionals in a career field that you’re interested in shows ambition. If can also be beneficial to network and connect with DelVal alumni. Showing off your résumé and achievements could lead to a job in the future.

DON’T Use Social Media for Expressing Negative Opinions
Facebook and Twitter are easy outlets to express negative emotions, whether it’s on the subject or a teacher, coworker, class or peer. But to create a strong social media presence, it’s better to refrain from such practices. A good rule of thumb is to avoid talking about things on social media that you wouldn’t bring up in an interview. Anything negative that you post could have a harmful impact on you down the line.

Don’t let social media hamper your journey at DelVal. Instead, use it to enhance your experience and create a positive view of who you are and who you want to be. Social media can help you in a number of ways as you move forward through your college career and hunt for jobs, but it can also hurt you when not used wisely.

If you’re interested in learning more about how DelVal can enhance your educational experience, you can schedule a campus visit today.