November 4, 2013
Article by Global Pre-Meds
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If you have a website, a blog or an active online presence on any social media site and you are planning on mentioning it, it is important to ensure you keep it clean and professional. Take down any post that is controversial or would possibly hurt your chances of being called in for an interview and instead populate your blog with posts and comments that reflect you in a positive light – someone who is sincere, hardworking and passionate about medicine. If you’ve made a mention of your online presence in your medical application essay, you should know that many universities and schools will actually take the effort to check it out in an attempt to get to know some more about you and your interests.
Go through your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages and make sure that all the posts and photographs that can be seen are something you are proud of. Too many controversial comments or photographs? Either take them down or set your profile settings to private so nobody can check you out without your express permission. Of course, in this case, you are better off also not mentioning it in your application either.
Another very important thing to keep in mind is that anything you have posted on your site may become a relevant point for a question during the course of the interview. The interviewers may decide to question you about the rationale behind a post or a comment they read on your site. Well, it is your site and you are responsible for everything on it so take some time to go through all of the content before you go for the interview. Be prepared to defend the ideas expressed on your blog but make sure you do it in a balanced and intelligent manner. The point that should come across is that while you respect their opinion, you are entitled to hold your own views as long as no harm is being done to anyone.
At the interview, no matter what the topic that is being discussed, it is important that you should be able to demonstrate that you have the interest, ability and a certain amount of understanding about the medical field and about wellness. In the end, what the panel wants to see is that you are a responsible and well-grounded individual who understands that you are getting ready to enter a field that demands a lot of credibility.
As a concluding thought, if you choose to add your online social media involvement to your medical application, do so carefully and prudently.