I feel absolutely no shame when I admit to checking the Wake Forest University Class of 2015 Facebook group every day. In fact, I am positive I am not the only one who does this, considering my close friends express their college-bound anxiousness by checking their Facebook group, school website and school email on a daily basis. You can’t blame us — our constant preoccupation with our class of 2015 Facebook group is mainly due to all the excitement and intrigue that come with choosing your new life for the next four years, in addition to the relief of getting admitted in an era of the most competitive admissions process thus far. However, after months of going on various groups and noticing what my friends complain about or enjoy on their groups, I’ve compiled a list of Do’s and Don’ts on what works and what you definitely want to avoid.
DO: Introduce yourself.
Some people can be nervous about meeting fellow classmates; others can’t contain their excitement to branch out. Either way, it can only benefit you to introduce yourself on your Facebook group. A simple “Hey, my name is (so and so)” with your hometown, what you are interested in majoring in and a few random facts about yourself is a great way to get a glimpse of your future classmates.
DO: Initiate conversation.
Once you add your new friends, it would be beneficial to initiate at least one conversation with each person. Easy conversation starters are “Hi, fellow (insert school mascot here)?” or “Are you excited for college as much as I am?” Not only will you be getting to know new friends (and even a potential roommate), but starting conversations now can help you avoid the awkward “Hey, I don’t really know you but we’re already friends on Facebook so…” conversation.
DO: Ask questions.
This may seem obvious, but it is important to not be afraid to ask questions! Most groups have current students offering to answer questions from incoming freshmen, anything ranging from personal opinions on the academic workload to the best places to party. Upperclassmen are a very valuable resource, so utilize their knowledge as much as possible. Also, if you’re wondering who else in the group is going to such-and-such meet up, or how to fill out a certain form, don’t hesitate to put your question on the group’s wall so anyone can answer.
DON’T: Comment on every little thing.
You know how annoying it is when you’re tagged in a group-type photo, and all the other people in the photo excessively comment, giving you a massive amount of unnecessary notifications? Well, the same applies here. Each comment you make on a discussion thread or wall post will most likely notify the hundreds to thousands of other people who are in the same group, which is quite annoying. No one really cares about how many days are left until the first day, which orientation you’re going to or a cute anecdote about someone mentioning the college’s name in passing. Be respectful, and keep comments to a minimum.
DON’T: Friend everyone.
You are so elated to have finally chosen your new home for the next four years, you may feel the impulse to friend every person that studies at the same college as you. Wrong. It’s perfectly fine to add certain people as long as you plan to or have had actual conversations with them, but adding every person in your group only lessens the mystery and excitement that comes with seeing new faces for the first time. First day of freshman year and you are met with familiarity? Boring. First day of freshman year and you can’t help but marvel at the gorgeous, the weird and the intriguing? Yes please!
DON’T: Be “that” guy.
Every incoming class has one: that guy who starts a discussion on the message board about the best drinking games, that guy who posts a video blowing a kiss to the camera saying “this is for all the ladies out there ;),” that guy who uploads so many pictures of himself partying 24/7 you begin to wonder how he even got into your college in the first place. Do not be that guy. College is a clean slate, and you do not want others to see you as unprofessional, immature and not serious about college right off the bat.
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