Applicants: “Be Careful What You Post on Facebook”
Before addressing school children in a speech this month, President Obama had some candid advice for students using social media. “First of all, I want everybody here to be careful about what you post on Facebook because in the YouTube age, whatever you do, it will be pulled up again later somewhere in your life,” Obama said. “And when you’re young, you make mistakes and you do some stupid stuff.” This may be just what students needed to hear given that a recent survey of colleges with the most selective admissions found that 10 percent of admissions officers have checked applicants’ social networking sites as part of their evaluation. What’s more 38 percent said they were “negatively affected” by what they found.