Epic Advice for College Students

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With all of its chaos and emotion, the month of August can also bring refreshing and positive memories to social media feeds with the start of the new school year. For college students and parents alike, those emotions can be mixed, as it’s a time of independence and growth.

This year I entered my 20th year working with college students in some form. In the past, it’s been as an advisor or student orientation leader, and to be honest, I’ve even worn the mascot costume before.

Classes began for us this week, but students across the country have been moving in since the beginning of the month. I have two younger cousins who are embarking on this journey themselves and my hope for their success is no different than that of the students I see every day.

Because I tend to think I’m hipper than I actually am, I decided not to post my own thoughts on college student success, but instead to post a question on Facebook and post the responses here. Believe it or not, I agree with every single one of them! Continue reading

An Intentional Approach to Instagram

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Instagram is awesome. When I first discovered it  about five years ago, I was amazed at the filters.  At that time, I thought that the filters were professional quality and I never needed to to anything else. Believe it or not, I kind of held to that thinking until recently when I took an Instagram class, and learned a few things about being intentional with Instagram.

Here are the tips I want to share:

  1. Your Instagram page should look cohesive. When you lookout your profile page, pay attention to your first nine photos. Ask yourself this question, can anyone looking at these nine photos have an accurate representation of what’s important in my life? Hint: that answer should be yes.
  2. If it is not, delete the photos that don’t fit.
  3. Use hashtags, but do not use more than two. Okay, maximum three. A comment full of hashtags just looks tacky. Sorry, I could think of a better way to put it.
  4. Use natural light as much as possible. All photos — mobile and otherwise look better in natural light.
  5. Find a filter you like and use it all the time. This will give your photos continuity.
  6. The same thing goes from framing. Frame or nah, but be consistent either way.
  7. Look at your profile and make sure you describe yourself and include your personal website (if applicable) in the profile. Remember what you say about yourself should be reflected in your top 9 photos.
  8. Remember this, just because you take a photo, you do not have to post it on Instagram. Sometimes, Facebook is enough. It’s up to you and your online presence as to what goes where. That’s the part about being intentional. Give yourself permission to post when it’s right, not because you think that everything needs to go on Facebook.

I hope these help you in creating a more intentional approach to Instagram. Feel free to read additional posts from my 31 Days of Social Media series.

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An Intentional Approach to Facebook

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If Mark Zuckerberg is Intentional, You Should Be Too

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Beyond the Big Three: Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram