Social Media and Professional Life
Your social media accounts are a reflection of you. Be mindful about what you post and the impression that leaves others about you.
Social media is an important way for the university to connect with students. But it's important to balance the serious, professional side with the fun, personal side.
There are some things you want to keep private. There are some things you're okay with sharing now, but in a few years you'll wish you had kept them private. Do a favor for Future You and think about it for a while before you hit that button.
Your photos and the content of your posts should also reflect you in the way that you want to be seen.
Names and Handles
In the Division of Student Affairs, students ask us serious and important questions on social media. Sometimes, those questions are sent to us from student accounts with a name or handle that are too obscene to repeat here. At the very least, it's awkward, but it can be harmful to your career or other professional endeavors.
When you interact in a professional manner, including with your university, think about the name you're using to establish contact. Is it a name that you want those in your academic life to associate with you?
Social media is all about sharing your opinions and perspectives. Just be mindful how you say it. Is it something that would make people hesitant to work with you in the future? For example, if you indiscriminately take your problems to social media, would a future company or organization be concerned that you would do the same there?