Use Social Media to get Involved Before You Get to Campus

By on June 1, 2011

So you’ve been accepted to college, you’ve graduated high school, and now you have to wait an entire summer before you get to start college! Not so fast…as this BostInnovation article points out, there are several ways you can use social networks over the summer to get involved in your school’s community.

Just as we become more immersed in social networks as individuals, the same goes for colleges and universities. As an incoming freshman, you should take advantage of the opportunity to engage with your new school so you have a running start when you arrive in the fall. Be sure to add your new school to your Facebook profile and you’ll then be able to interact with your new school on several different levels:

  • Institutional Level – Most schools have their own Twitter feeds and Facebook pages. “Follow” and “Like” them so you can stay up to date about news at your school – particularly updates for incoming freshman!
  • Alumni Level – Once graduated from college, alumni spread out all over the country (and the world). Look for alumni groups near you on Facebook, and check out the school’s alumni network Twitter feed and webpage for updates on potential meetups near you. These groups sometimes have receptions for incoming freshmen to meet alumni – a great opportunity to start networking and learn more about your school!
  • Current Student Level – College students live on Facebook and Twitter. Most student groups, teams and organizations will have a Facebook page or group and a Twitter feed. This is a great way to introduce yourself and get a sense of the different groups you’ll want to get more involved with once you arrive on campus.
  • Your Classmates – There are bound to be plenty of “2015″ groups on Facebook with fellow classmates eager to meet their new classmates. Join these groups and get involved in the conversations. Often, upperclassmen will join these groups as well, so ask them all sorts of questions.

Do your research on your school to see how you can engage with the school, current students, alumni and your own classmates over the summer so you can hit the ground running in the fall!

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2 Comments

  1. Andre Tarquinio

    June 2, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Wow I didn’t realize that Social Media can help in these ways. Great information for the future.

  2. Regina Liu

    June 6, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Familiarizing yourself with the college you will be attending as a freshman in the fall through social media seems like a perfect idea! As a high school sophomore, I can only imagine how nerve-wracking it must be to start your first day of college, especially if you are going to school out of state and a fair distance away from your home for the first time. By getting to know the students and organizations on campus before even leaving home, going away to college for the first time can start to resemble an extended trip to a second home rather than a terrifying (albeit exciting) journey into the unknown.

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