This article was written by teen reporters from The Mash, a weekly publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools.
By Aaliyah Gibson and Whitney Young
Monday marked the day many seniors heard back from their dream schools about their applications. Like any exciting milestone in a teenager’s life, social media plays a part in sharing the big news.
As acceptance letters roll in, seniors are turning to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to let the world know: I’M IN! But when does someone’s excitement cross the line and become … well, overbearing?
Adrian Duran, a senior at Jones, has witnessed how oversharing can be more of an annoyance than a happy moment.
“I always see statuses about college acceptances,” Duran said. “It’s exciting to get good news, especially when it’s your dream school.
“But what if people didn’t get in? That makes them feel horrible. I’d feel horrible. I’d suggest just not doing it.”
Posting about your acceptance can upset peers who weren’t granted the same opportunity. While the person creating the post may not have those intentions in mind, others may feel the pressure to measure up.
Whitney Young senior Omar Ortiz knows that feeling all too well.
“I’m happy with the school I was accepted to, but I remember when I saw that a girl was accepted to Harvard University earlier this year on Facebook,” Ortiz said. “It made me wonder if I wasn’t reaching my full potential.”
Then there are those who are relishing the exciting moment and see Facebook as an acceptable way to share the good news with their friends and family.
Indigoe Timms, a senior at Whitney Young, often posts her acceptance and scholarship letters on social media sites. In her eyes, it’s another proud moment to share with friends.
“I’ve posted letters I’ve gotten … on Facebook,” Timms said. “I don’t think it’s bragging or showing off, I’m just really excited in the moment and I want to share it with my friends.
“It’s not for how many likes I’ll get. I just like sharing the good news!”
Like anything you post on Facebook, be sure your acceptance speech is appropriate—you never know who’s watching.
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