Facebook: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Facebook is a great way to get preliminary information about the college of your dreams. With a few keystrokes, you can find a treasure trove of honest opinions about your pick straight from the mouths of your future classmates. Having Facebook also makes it easier to connect with people your freshman year and make quick friends who share your common interests.

Facebook also provides you with a great way to keep in touch with distant friends and family, and who knows? You can even find out what your sixth grade crush has been up to since you last saw her!

Nostalgia factor aside, Facebook provides a great way to connect with others, but you don’t want your connections to rot your day-to-day interactions with friends and family. You know who I’m talking about: you’ve seen them at the bowling alley, at movie theaters and restaurants, the three guys in the corner booth who are unable to talk to each other but prefer instead to grunt and stare at a palm-sized white screen.

It’s quite the ugly indictment of our society that we prefer to communicate with people far away in the digital world rather than someone standing right in front of us. This disconnect doesn’t even touch the kinds of things that you see posted on Facebook and how they can come back to hurt you in the long run. If you don’t know this by know, you should: whatever you post on Facebook stays on Facebook, and if it’s on Facebook, it’s on the internet, and trust us, the internet does not forget. One thing you have to be aware of is that at any given party or event there is someone there with a device that can take videos, photos, and audio and have it uploaded to the internet faster than you could say “Hey, check this out.” And while your friends may think that doing a one-handed keg stand wearing a superman cape is the funniest thing ever, college admission officers probably won’t find it as funny.

It’s okay to relax, but don’t compromise your future for the sake of a few laughs. If you’re a regular Facebook user in the college admissions process, I have a challenge for you: for every hour of Facebook, spend one hour working on your college application. You can work on your essay, do research on the schools you want to apply to, or go out and talk to your career guidance counselor.

– Hugo R.