Applying To Dental School? Tips To Ensure Your Social Media Portrays You Positively

January 29, 2015

Article by Global Pre-Meds
Hospital doctor shadowing & global health experience programs.

See current opportunities

A dentistry work experience student observing her mentor performing a routine procedure. Almost everybody is on some social media site today and some of these sites encourage members to share everything about their personal lives. While there is nothing wrong with that, it could become an obstacle when you apply to dental school. You may be wondering why.

Do school authorities really take the time to check out applicants’ online profiles?

The truth is, while all admission committees may not look through the profiles of applicants, some will. To be on the safe side, it is always advisable to assume that they will check. The main purpose of conducting an interview is to get an opportunity to figure out your personality, skills and other characteristics. And when it comes to all of these things, your online presence can speak volumes.

Could an adverse post or picture affect your application?

Yes they could. Although an admissions committee may not officially state this as a reason for rejection, if your online profiles create a negative picture, it could make them more critical of your entire application and put you at a disadvantage when evaluating two equally qualified candidates.

Here are a few tips to make sure your social media does not jeopardise your application to dental school:

Before you send in your application, go through your profiles online. The easiest way is to type your name into a search engine and see what results turn up. See the top search results and ensure that all these profiles are clean and will come across positive to anyone who goes through them. Don’t forget to do an image search to make sure are no awkward pictures show up. If you find results that are not relevant, write to the administrators of those websites and ask them to delete this information.

Begin by being in charge of all the content that is connected to you online. Change all your passwords so that you are the only one who has access to your accounts. Go through all your privacy settings on your online profiles and make sure you keep most of your information private. Wherever possible, also change your setting so that you can control what gets posted on your pages. If you are not proud of something, it is safer to delete it. Ask friends to delete any negative content that they may have posted about you.

The admission committee doesn’t expect you to have a zero online presence. If you have some positive content online, that’s great. If you do happen to have some negative content online, there’s no need to panic and start removing every trace of yourself from the internet. It is normal to own social media accounts and lead a regular teenage life. As long as it is nothing controversial, it’s all okay.