So you got in! Great!
Now you’ve decided to check out the accepted students Facebook page to learn a little more about the school and maybe even connect with other students. Make the most of the resource by following my tips below.
1. Do find a roommate, but don’t stress too much
If having a randomly selected roommate seems too risky to you, try to talk to some other students and find a roommate through the Facebook page. But don’t feel like you have to find your absolute perfect match because that’s not going to happen. You can’t really truly get to know a person through their Facebook profile. So settle for someone you think you’ll be able to comfortably live with.
2. Do find out information about the school that you can’t find through other research
Want to find out which dorms, dining halls, or classes are the best? Make a post asking if anyone knows. But be aware that these pages are monitored by admissions officers, so don’t start trashing certain aspects of the school.
3. Do find people with common interests
You’ll have tons to talk about! Plus, it will be great to already have a friend on a team or in a club that you’re interested in joining.
4. Don’t post about your personal college decisions
Don’t make a post on the Harvard Facebook page asking for advice about if you should attend Harvard or Yale. The people responding will be very biased and try to convince you to go to their school. Plus, these kinds of posts can often come off as you bragging about all of your acceptances.
5. Don’t think that if you don’t make friends through the Facebook page, you won’t make friends at college
Remember that the users of the page only represent a small fraction of the class, so you can’t assume that your experience making friends online will be the same as your experience making friends in person. Don’t worry about finding a social group at this stage!
6. Don’t friend everyone you see on the page
Pretty soon your newsfeed will be clogged with the lives of absolute strangers. Only friend people who you plan on messaging and possibly befriending.
7.Don’t be afraid
Everyone wants to make new friends, just like you. Don’t be afraid to message people!
Also don’t be afraid to post on the page if you have questions. That’s what it’s there for. If you do end up embarrassing yourself (highly unlikely), no one will care enough to remember you as the person who made the awkward Facebook post back in the spring of your high school senior year.