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#CampusChat 9-2-15 Social Media and College Scholarships
Social media and college scholarships go hand-in-hand. Trust me on this one!
September’s scholarship night on #CampusChat will show parents and students the impact (both positive and negative) of social media on the quest to win college scholarships. Join me and Social Media Expert Alan Katzman, founder of SocialAssurity.com, as we delve into the cyber-world and help students realize the importance of maintaining a clean online presence.
Be sure to read: Using Social Media to Win College Scholarships
If you or your students are looking to win college scholarships, don’t miss this #CampusChat!
- What: #CampusChat Twitter Chat
- When: Wednesday, September 2nd (Did you miss the chat? No worries! I have shared the script below.)
- Time: 9:00 – 10:00pm, EST
- Topic: Social Media and College Scholarships
Q1. How has social media changed the way students are portrayed to others, especially in the last 5 years?
A1 Social media has created a window to easily assess a student’s character & credibility in real-time #campuschat
A1 Students can no longer pretend to be someone they’re not when their social media tells a different story #campuschat
A1 Facebook, Instagram & Twitter have extended the character review beyond the 4 walls of the application #campuschat
Q2. How are college admissions offices & scholarship judges using social media to learn about students? #CampusChat
A2 When colleges look at social media, they aren’t looking for reasons to reject students #campuschat
A2 Character and commitment are rising as important considerations in college admissions decisions #campuschat
A2 Character has always been a prevalent concern for scholarship awards! #campuschat
A2 Most importantly, colleges are proactively identifying & recruiting students via their social media profiles #campuschat
Q3. How should students use social media in a positive way? #CampusChat
A3 Students need to realize #socialmedia is much more than just a way to communicate with friends #campuschat
A3 Students should get comfortable with posting their accomplishments, aspirations and extracurricular activities for others to see #campuschat
A3 Students should use #LinkedIn and #Twitter to define their brand (essentially their personal statement) #campuschat
Q4. What are common mistakes that students make on social media? #CampusChat
A4 Fearing social media, students often attempt to hide their digital profiles from college review #campuschat
A4 Hidden social media profiles, strict privacy settings & aliases will prevent colleges from finding students to recruit #campuschat
A4 Red flags fly high when colleges and scholarship judges search for & cannot find a student’s social media #campuschat
A4 Rather than deleting posts in advance of college admissions, students should work to build a compelling presence #campuschat
Q5. What is the best way for students to create usernames and profiles on social media? #CampusChat
A5 Always be authentic, transparent & Google friendly by using their real names on social media profiles #campuschat
A5 Students should use the same username across all social networks for ease of finding #campuschat
A5 Strategic use of social media profiles and links will always lead viewers to a preferred landing page like #LinkedIn #campuschat
Q6. What can parents do to help their students understand how important a clean online presence is? #CampusChat
A6 Parents must first accept the important role social media will play in the children’s lives #campuschat
A6 Students must learn to post with purpose and discover their digital voice. This is a requisite 21st century skill #campuschat
A6 Parents who want the best colleges and scholarships for their children must understand social media #campuschat
Q7. What can students do about tagging & other habits of their friends that may impact them in a negative way? #CampusChat
A7 We believe there has been too much focus on the negative impact of social media. Let’s get positive! #campuschat
A7 Students should think about who they follow and who follows them. Create a thoughtful presence that reflects their interests #campuschat
A7 All students should be on #LinkedIn. Demonstrate interest, state their aspirations and document accomplishments #campuschat
Q8. What are your 3 top pieces of advice when it comes to students, social media & college scholarships? #CampusChat
A8 Social media’s role in college admissions and scholarship decisions keeps growing year over year #campuschat
A8 Students (and parents) need to look beyond the singular view of admissions officers looking at applicant social media #campuschat
A8 Today social media interactions between student and college happen in real-time exposing digital profiles for review #campuschat
A8 Social media provides students w/ enormous opportunities to stand out from others & impress admissions & scholarship teams #campuschat
Everyone is welcome for College Scholarship Night on #CampusChat, so please join us!
Monica Matthews is the author of How to Win College Scholarships. She helped her own son win over $100,000 in college scholarships and now shares her expertise with other parents and their students. She truly has “been there, done that” in regards to helping parents and students navigate the scholarship process.
Her method of helping students in finding college scholarships, writing unique and compelling scholarship essays, creating amazing scholarship application packets and more, have taught desperate parents to help their own students win thousands of scholarship dollars.
Monica’s scholarship tips have been featured on many prominent websites and she has been dubbed the “Go-To” expert on college scholarships.