Scholarship Mom Tip #71: Clean up your social media use

Student social media use is a reality, so a clean-up is necessary when applying for scholarships and college.

Students should check and clean up their social media use before applying for college and scholarships

Students and their social media use is currently a hot and important topic in the college world. Encouraging students to “Google” themselves by searching for their own name is the first step in determining if they need to clean up their social media presence.

College admissions reps and scholarship judges freely admit they check up on students via social media, some even after award and admissions decisions have been made.

Parents can set up a free “Google Alert” which sends them an email when their student’s name shows up in search results. However, students are encouraged to do this for themselves, as they are the ones who are in control of their social media use and presence.

Students can use social media to their advantage by sharing their hard work, community service, and desire to get into college, as well as win scholarships. Have you ever Googled yourself or your student?

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