As always, social media never ceases to amaze me, and how people forget that privacy settings exist for a reason. Our digital trail can be long, so one should be careful where one blogs. Monica Matthews article on Reasons Students Need to Clean Up Their Online Presence is an excellent one everyone should read. But new evidence published by The National Scholarships Providers Association, now reveal that 25% of members now search social media for information on applicants and winners. And lets be frank, its not going to get any easier for applicants.
As i have mentioned before Twitter and Tumblrin general cracks me up. Every week, 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. This week I’m starting with a winner! more after the jump
Its funny how much we forget that what we do online can be seen by others. ; Most of us have heard that employers will often “creep” your Facebook and other social media accounts. But what happens when admission officiers start doing the same thing? More after the jump….
Here is a great way to ensure you will lose any scholarship competition you enter. I guarantee if you take the attitude these two people share, you are definitely going to lose! more after the jump
The identities of the Tumblr’s that wrote this have been obscured to protect the self-defeating, but suffice it to say it doesn’t matter who they are. If they never get in the game, they don’t really matter do they. It’s a harsh thing to say, but it’s true. I have never met a student who said, “there is no way I’m going to win this thing”, and won big. This Monday, get your attitude correct and think like a winner. Your immediate advantage over others is that you applied at all! So many self-eliminate that odds are better than they would be if everyone took part. But don’t let that lull you into a false sense of security. Remember the three “P’s” of scholarship work:
Be Proactive Get out there and search on Kaarme, FastWeb, and Broke Scholar for scholarships. But don’t stop there; look into career associations, local organizations in your hometown, and most importantly the school you plan to attend for potential funds.
Be Persistent It doesn’t come right away, it takes time to apply and make sure each package is correct and accurate with all the parts assembled in order. Be assured, even with over $250,000 in aid to my name, even I received plenty of no’s. But it was the Yes’s that kept me going!
Be Precise Scholarship applications speak on behalf of the applicant, so make sure they are accurate and complete. it’s critical to become a detail oriented person that fills out every blank, doesn’t go over word counts, and makes a perfect package.
A quick post of a Tumblr post that made me laugh, but is the right attitude to have if you are going to WIN!