Teenagers have undoubtedly heard the dire warnings about the ramifications of inappropriate Facebook posts. “Once you put it out there, you can’t get it back, “ we’ve all been warned. Colleges may look at what you’ve posted, you’ve been told.
If you think they’re kidding, consider the case of a college admission officer, a professional in the very field you’re trying to navigate, who doesn’t heed these warnings and uses Facebook to mockingly post excerpts from and comments on students and their essays. The Daily Pennsylvanian, the University of Pennsylvania’s student newspaper uncovered just such a scandal when a Penn admissions officer posted material to her Facebook page that was entirely inappropriate and unprofessional. She mocked student mistakes (like one student who commented that Penn was near a beach, for example), and about essay content that was clearly deeply personal for the applicant.
The admissions officer in question is no longer employed by the University, illustrating the seriousness of the consequences of inappropriate online postings. So, next time your parents, your teachers or your mentors caution you about your online behavior, take them seriously and know that while you may understand their message, clearly not everyone does, and that doesn’t just go for teenagers.