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Will My Offensive Social Media Posts Ruin My Future

Help me, Birdy.

I am just filling in my college applications and I'm expected to get into a good school. I'm pretty bright and, in the last two years, have really been studying hard. The problem is, before then I was a little wild and used to post stupid and offensive stuff on Twitter etc for a laugh. Now I find out the colleges go through your social media and they could find out. I'm pretty sure I will get rejected because of that. I can't remember all the places online I used to visit and they say, your stuff hangs around forever. I don't know how to put this all right. Mark


Hey Mark,

I can understand why you're feeling concerned about your past social media posts and their potential impact on your college applications. The first thing to do is to review your current social media accounts and remove any offensive or inappropriate content. Ensure your public profiles reflect the responsible and hardworking person you are now.

While it's true that some content might be challenging to remove completely, take steps to make your online presence as positive and professional as possible moving forward. Colleges understand that young people can make mistakes, so focusing on your recent efforts and achievements in academics and personal growth is essential.

In addition, some colleges may have a section in their application where you can address past mistakes or growth experiences. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can use this opportunity to explain that you've learned from your past actions and how you've matured and become more responsible.

Remember that college admissions officers look at various aspects of your application, not just your social media presence. Focus on showcasing your academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and personal growth through your application essays and recommendations.

Lastly, don't be too hard on yourself for your past mistakes. We all grow and change, and it's essential to recognize the progress you've made.

Take a deep breath, focus on presenting your best self in your application, and trust that your hard work and dedication will shine through.

Wishing you the best of luck with your college applications,

Birdy

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