Steve looked in horror at his Facebook timeline, specifically the one photo of him drunk off his butt and in his boxers stepping out of the pool. He cringed.
The day before, Steve had completed an important admissions interview to his top choice medical school. The interviewer mentioned that he’d looked Steve up on Facebook and said he found Steve’s Facebook page “surprising.” At the time, Steve didn’t think anything of it, but now — he got it. The rest of the week, Steve wondered if he had burned his chances of getting accepted to his top choice school.
How to Use Social Media as a Premed
Of course, Steve should have figured out his privacy settings; the interviewer should never have had access to Steve’s personal photo library. But, considering that social media is a part of our lives and is an easy way to get insights into your character, can you do other, more proactive things to help medical schools see you in the correct light?
I recommend you occasionally post your volunteer and other activities as public content on your Facebook newsfeed. By publishing useful information about what you’re doing that really matters to you, and being sincere in your desire to become a physician, you create the right image of yourself should a medical school take a peek at your Facebook profile.
Take similar steps in Twitter, Pinterest or other social media that you already regularly utilize. I’m not suggesting you manipulate what you do to look good, I’m just recommending that you post what you are already doing so that med schools can see that you are in face committed to your career path.
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