Work: counselor at Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp for Girls and Volunteer at Stride Ahead Inc.
Studies at Emory University
Past: The Galloway School
Lives in Atlanta, GA
From Atlanta, GA
Druid Hills, GA
University of Georgia
TV SHOWS: 13
APPS AND GAMES: 2
A scroll through my Facebook timeline contains mostly pictures that friends have tagged me in, a sprinkle of profile picture changes, a handful of pictures I posted of me and my friends, and an occasional link to an article I found interesting. My photos consist of me and my friends smiling—our arms around each other’s waists or shoulders, selfies that I had jumped into the background of at the last minute, and me and my friends mid-action at youth group events or simply while spending time together. My pages were liked when I first received a Facebook in middle school and was over-enthusiastic about filling up my news feed with “I hate waking up early” and “11:11 make a wish :)” pages.
As I have gotten older, my attachment to Facebook has shrunk. Now it’s a website that I will occasionally visit: checking a notification, seeing what time an event starts, adding pictures to an album, collaborating with a group project or organization in a Facebook group. I no longer obsessively scroll through my news feed, stalk the number of likes a status update or profile picture gets, or go on “liking-sprees” of pages whose names make me laugh. Now I view Facebook as a tool: a networking tool and a virtual resume.
Ever since coming to Emory, I have been constantly searching for the Facebook pages of the organizations I am interested in joining. Now my news feed is filled with details about events and invitations to them. It has been one of the main mediums I have used in order to fully get involved with the Emory community, get to know the events and happenings on campus, and familiarize myself with the classmates whose names I sometimes need a refresher on.
Prior to my arrival on Emory, during my junior year of high school, I made sure that my profile was a shining example of the type of student a university would want to accept. I un-liked my immature “homework sucks” pages, added work experiences, and posted a few more orchestra pictures. After hearing the horror stories of colleges rejecting applicants because of their social media profiles, I not only wanted my profile to be clean of rejection-worthy items, but also highlight my more appealing extracurricular activities. As I get older and start this new chapter of my life, I wonder how much more my Facebook and social media habits with evolve.