Tuesday, March 6, 2012

"Dear 17 Year Old Self: We need to talk..."

Have you ever wished you could write a letter to your younger self and warn him/her about what's ahead? One of our interns decided to do just that...
Dear 17 year old Self,

It's senior year... time to make memories with your friends before you go off to college. It’s time for the beach and parties, time to live it up before heading out. Little do you know those pictures of you sneaking into hotel pools (and on top of the school building) may not be a good fit fit for your Facebook profile. 

In a few years over 70% of employers will be screening job applicants using Facebook.  Lots of people will be fired (or never hired) because of thoughtless stuff posted on Facebook.   I don't want you (us?) to be part of that group, so here's some advice.
On top of my alma matter Senior year with a friend

Be careful with your pictures.  Don’t post anything you don’t want Ganny to see (little do you know you eventually add her as a friend on Facebook).You may never regret those late nights out with your friends, but you will regret posting pictures after family members or even teachers get an eyeful.

Just say no. This is a big one for you, I know. But, don’t be scared to ask someone to un-tag you or to take down a picture. Set your preferences so you are notified when someone tags a picture of you. It is in your best interest to be in control of your online presence.  I know it’s hard to believe now, but it’s something that  could affect the rest of your life.

Let positive language define you. It may seem cool right now to use curse words and it may make you feel empowered but later in life you’re going to look back and think, “Wow that wasn’t classy.” Believe me.

Let your Facebook page reflect who you want to be. If you decide to be in the agriculture field then share meaningful articles on your Facebook page. Be the person who people will go to for advice (you change degree plans three times).

 Also, remember what mom always says, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then keep your mouth shut and ask God to bless you with a compliment for that person.”

Your Future Self

P.S.  Don't worry, college is going to be great!

Memories to  never be forgotten. Bonfire 2007

Hannah Miller is a Social Media Committee intern with the Texas Social Media Research Institute.  She blogs at The Ambitious Cattlegirl.  

1 comment:

  1. Excellent, reposting this now to my profile for my son, and thankful there wasn't facebook 25 yrs ago! LOL


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