Students and their Use of Facebook

This is an interesting way to discuss facebook and the college process…………From the NACAC listserv.
A parent told me she’d heard another story about someone who lost a job because of what was on their Facebook page, and asked if I could address this issue with my seniors.


So—have you cleaned things up on Facebook yet?

(Based on a true story that happened somewhere else.)

Joanna thought she was all that
She knew she was a winner;
A 3.9, a 32
The gal was no beginner!
Took 5 APs and tutored too
Her homework was a snap
Spent most nights on the Facebook page
Just dishin’ out some smack
She posted pix of homecoming
Her folks would see as knockouts
But dog, they’d never seen them, since
Her FB page was blocked out

You can’t imagine her surprise
When PatO said “Yo lady,
I got a call from East Coast U
The news will make ya crazy!
The U was ready to admit
When in arrived their intern
‘The buzz is all on FB, man,
These pics will make your hands burn.’
The intern loaded up the page
Of some homecoming hijinx
And in the photo, there was you–
Which made our rep do eye blinks.

“They saw your pictures once or twice
And thought they’d overlook it
But then they read your FB smack
And that’s what really cooked it.
Your essays were all erudite
And very nicely tailored
But then they saw the real you
Has language like a sailor.
They read your app and loved you girl,
It’s you they were admittin’,
But now they said they just can’t take
A profane party kitten.”

So dudes and dudettes, hear me out,
Few colleges go lookin’,
But if FB vibes come their way
That just can’t be mistooken
Your full ride dough, your dream admit
Are goin’ down the tank, sir
And all because you tried to be
A bad-selfed FB gangsta!

Patrick J. O’Connor, Ph.D.

Director of College Counseling

Roeper School

1051 Oakland Avenue

Birmingham Michigan 48009

248.203.7418 (voice)

248.642.8619 (fax)

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