Occidental Social Media: Do's and Don'ts

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Have you stalked your classmates on the Occidental Class of 2018 Facebook page in the past few weeks? Watched every video on Occidental’s Youtube channel? Have you discovered Oxy Confessions and wondered if the anonymous declarations of love are true?

As part of the millennial generation, it is difficult to ignore Occidental’s digital presence, especially as a newcomer to the community. With insights into your next four years available at the click of a mouse, it is easy to become enticed and mislead by the power of social media platforms.

Don’t:

Incessantly post to the Occidental Class of 2018 Facebook page. Make it a point to meet your peers in person around campus. Orientation week offers some great social events to help you get to know your new classmates.

Don’t:

Follow the college on Instagram. The official Occidental College account is targeted towards prospective students. You already got in!

Don’t:

Believe everything you read on the Oxy Confessions Facebook page. This page is a forum for students to post anonymously, and it can become a dangerous procrastination tool.

Don’t:

Post an excessive amount of party pictures on social media. Of course you want to let your high school friends know that you’re loving college life, but make sure that future employers won’t be able to see any incriminating evidence online.

Don’t:

Like Oxy Housing on Facebook. This page generally reposts content that is sent to your school e-mail, so there’s no need for the like on Facebook.

Do:

Follow Oxy Careers on Instagram. The Career Development Center posts photos featuring student internships, job openings, and career events.

Do:

Like Oxy Programming Board on Facebook. Programming Board plans the biggest and best social events on campus, so you’ll definitely want to check out this page for school-wide entertainment. Plus, you’ll be the first to receive the news when this year’s SpringFest performer is announced.

Do:

Read the root. It’s not an official social media account, but it is the best place for miscellaneous postings within the Occidental community. Read that e-mail you get everyday at 5:32; you will find everything from your next on-campus job to a chance to buy your 2015 Coachella ticket there.

Do:

Like Occidental College’s official Facebook page. The page features posts from the archives, news articles and updates on alumni. Plus, you will show some school pride with your like!

Do:

Definitely follow Occidental College on LinkedIn. You now have an entire network of Occidental alumni that are willing to help you find internships and jobs, so connecting on this professional social media site will be a great tool to use throughout your undergraduate career.

Do:

Follow the Occidental Weekly on Twitter (@OxyWeekly). The Weekly publishes content relevant to campus life and living in L.A.; it is a great resource to get to know your new school!