Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Off the Streets &Into the Classrooms

The opening passage in, "It' Complicated," talked about a teen who allegedly lied about having gang affiliations in his college admission essay. The college admission staff looked up the applicants Myspace page and saw gang signs and other gang related posts. Our author, continued the passage by saying that he believed the applicant did not lie and had these gang related posts to fit in socially. The world of social media is its own planet in this generation and although some teens are cautious of having a private profile and a separate professional profile; some obviously are not. I agree wholeheartedly with our that the applicant was posting these as a type of protection. It is plausible to assume that the teen was refraining from being a target in his high school and like the author says, and I paraphrase, posting information about attending a prestigious institution is out of the social norm in his community and would likely be looked down upon. Was this the correct way to self-network himself? Absolutely not, but it was the only lifestyle the tee\n knew and based off my social media experiences, a person's profile has little link to one's personality and character. Connecting this to my life, I help hire staff members with my boss at my child care at the YMCA and some of our applicants have extremely professional profiles, but in person they are extremely not-personable. On the contrary, we have had applicants who have had questionable social media pages, but seemed to be more qualified for the job once an in person interview was conducted. I know, there is only one opportunity to make a first impression, and in this age most first impressions are done online, but in person interviews are a much better way to see if someone is qualified or worthy of a job, college or school.

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