How to avoid being "that kid" on your class's Facebook page

With classes coming to a close and graduation fast approaching, high school seniors across the country are beginning to turn their attention away from all of the pep rallies and tests and towards the future at his or her prospective college. But before all of the formal orientations and summer “meet-and-greets,” the closest glimpse an incoming freshmen has into the types of people he or she can expect to meet come September occurs on the college’s admitted students Facebook page. This is where first impressions are made, information is gathered, and friendships are forged. However, before an incoming student becomes active on his or hers college’s “Class of _____” Facebook page, there are a few things that are important to keep in mind so that you do not end up becoming “that guy” or “that girl.”

Courtesy of Katie Tolkowsky/Gavel Media

Courtesy of Katie Tolkowsky/Gavel Media

Don’t post anything too personal in the group: While you may feel a rather high level of comfort with your future school, which may have even been the key element in your decision, there are some things that are better left unsaid on the Facebook page. Those deep personal details and opinions may not be the most appropriate to post. Try and stick with the common theme of previous posts, most often these are questions about the school itself or seeking advice on whether or not to attend.

 

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Don’t post too often: This is often the most common social media faux pas and the easiest way to become “that guy” or “that girl.” It won’t take very long for your classmates to become extremely annoyed by your constant posting that is blowing up their notifications. This will enable you to become recognizable when school begins, but not in a positive way.

Courtesy of Katie Tolkowsky/Gavel Media

Courtesy of Katie Tolkowsky/Gavel Media

Don’t friend every single person in the group: “So-and-so is now friends with John Smith and 150 other people.” Please don’t do this. While you may be thinking that this is the fastest way to get to know your future classmates, your over-eagerness usually only leads to extreme awkwardness. Trust me, everyone will remember you as “the kid who friended everyone in the group.” Limit friend requests to those you have engaged in a back-and-forth with or those who have attempted to contact you.

Don’t lie during your roommate search: If you were more of a homebody or reserved in social settings during high school and want to branch out during college, seeking a “hard-partying” roommate is not the route to go. Don’t lie about your partying habits or that you love to stay out all night when you would rather be in bed at a reasonable hour because this will only add unnecessary stress onto the already taxing transition into college. With the diversity of incoming students, there is a good chance you can find a roommate suitable to your tendencies that still likes to have a good time.

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