This one is pretty obvious. Illegal activities/substances are ILLEGAL, and no one wants to condone or support that kind of behavior. Do not post pictures of drugs, any kind of illegal action, or any pictures containing alcohol (or red solo cups). College admissions officers will not be impressed.
2. Threats and/or Bullying
Aside from the fact that bullying and/or threatening people online are HORRIBLE things to do, they are also huge red flags for college admissions officers and potential employers (and potential friends). If you’re sending threats via social media, it shows that you are irresponsible, unable to manage your anger, and immature. It is also illegal in some cases. Bullying similarly shows a distinct lack of character and makes it obvious that you lack empathy and are, frankly, just plain mean.
3. Scandalous Pictures
Did you have a totally wild and crazy night last weekend? Are there pictures of you doing things you’re not quite proud of? Would you be uncomfortable with your mother seeing that picture of you hooking up on the dance floor? If you don’t want your mother to see it, trust me, you don’t want college admissions officers to see it, either. Scandalous pictures of you doing questionable, even if not illegal, things don’t exactly highlight your best qualities. Pictures like this make you look immature and irresponsible, characteristics that college admissions officers and potential employers do not find attractive.
Like many of the things on this list, bigoted and hateful posts are something you should avoid in general on principle. If you feel the need to say something cruel about a particular group of people or post angry rants against any group or individual, don’t. No one wants to create a toxic environment at their institution, so college admissions officers will not be looking to bring people with negative attitudes and bigoted views to their schools.
Profanity is unprofessional and rude, and college admissions officers will not find it entertaining or appealing. It lowers the quality of your posts and makes you seem unrefined and childish. Avoid swearing whenever possible (which is basically always).
6. Negative Posts About Academics
Remember that college admissions officers are looking at you as a potential student when they are viewing your online presence. This means that they probably will not be thrilled to see posts about how much you hate school, how boring your classes are, how you think homework is pointless, or (especially) how you cheated on your math test. If you aren’t a committed student now, why would you be any different at their institution? Try to keep posts that discuss academics in a negative or disrespectful manner to an absolute minimum, and never ever mention cheating or plagiarism online (and don’t cheat or plagiarize, obviously).
7. Grammar Errors
Do u think its annoying when u see things on you’re newsfeed like this? It almost killed me to write that “sentence,” and college admissions officers will likely have a similar reaction to anything with glaring grammatical errors. Keep in mind that your writing skills are on display in your social media posts and interactions and try to utilize that to your advantage, rather than making yourself look sloppy and unintelligent.