How Your Social Media Posts Could Derail Your Chance At College Scholarships: Tweets of The Week

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Twitter in general cracks me up. Every saturday, I now take time to curate the best and worst scholarship tweets by simply searching for the word “Scholarships“. While there are many tweets on general info, the funny ones pop up and its a lesson in bad social media management. (check out this article by Monica Matthews on online social behavior and how it affects your chances.) more after the jump…
So heres a quick rundown of the Top Five bad tweets of the week:

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I often thought the same thing: Thank god twitter didn’t exist yet however. Admissions officers and judges want to see proactive people, not the unmotivated.

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Nothing like the threat of a pimp slap to get judges in the mood to give you money!

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I like this one,, in that she is at least being honest. You are right, if you did put in that much effort, it would likely pay off big!

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I guarantee you, if you “opt-out” of the competition, you have already lost. The reason people have a chance in the first place is that they apply at all. Only then can someone decide if you are a good investment! And now, the TOP SCHOLARSHIP TWEET FAIL OF THE WEEK goes to…

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Clearly, this persons priorities are in the wrong place. The college you pick is the one likely to give the best training, best record of helping student develop their skills, combined with the best financial aid package to defray costs. Those three factors should be the balancing act of decision process. Only after those three things are determined should a tie-braker ever be used to decide which one is “fun”. A post like this will not help you get the scholarships from the school, and may even prevent your admission!
However, on a more positive note…Most Positive Scholarship Tweet of the Week goes to….

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Freedom of speech, goes hand in hand with freedom of consequence. Think before you post. Again, check out this article by Monica Matthews on online social behavior and how it affects your chances. Good luck!

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Single dad and grant writer by day, blogger, podcaster, public speaker, and scholarship maven by night, JR received over $250,000 in scholarships and financial aid he never had to pay back.He now "pays-it-forward", teaching others what he has learned about earning a college degree debt-free.
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5 thoughts on “How Your Social Media Posts Could Derail Your Chance At College Scholarships: Tweets of The Week”

  1. People in general continue to shock me. Just last week a girl in one of my classes announced that she got fired from her job after working there for only three days. The reason? She was too tired and didn’t want to go to work. I just shook my head. If you want to be successful in life you have to work hard to make it that way. Also, it’s becoming more and more common for colleges and employers to look at your social networking accounts and what you put online could be the difference between getting/keeping a job or losing it, getting accepted into a college or rejected.

    1. I see this all the time, kids with no will to work hard at anything! It sad, but is a bonus to those of us lucky enough to raise bright hard working kids! Thanks for the comments! @collegecashman on twitter

  2. Every time I see the negative tweets like first ones above, I cringe and shake my head. Students just don’t realize that scholarship judges, admissions reps, and potential employers are reading and remembering what is said via social media. @HeyDanielly, great job and congrats on your scholarship! You integrity shines through your tweets and it’s easy to see why the judges picked you. :)

  3. Every time I see the negative tweets like first ones above, I cringe and shake my head. Students just don’t realize that scholarship judges, admissions reps, and potential employers are reading and remembering what is said via social media. @HeyDanielly, great job and congrats on your scholarship! Your integrity shines through your tweets and it’s easy to see why the judges picked you. :)

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