A student-athlete’s digital footprint can have a crucial say if he or she is looking for an athletic scholarship. If you’ve had a fight on the internet and it escalated into something bigger, there is a chance that you may have to wave your scholarship goodbye.
Internet use, especially social media, can negatively impact your hopes of making it into a good school or college. Things that you have posted, or things posted about you, may be long forgotten by the people involved, but their online shelf life is quite long. Should recruiters or people with power to hire, find such things online, you are bound to enter their bad books.
Most students are unaware that athletic programs offered by some colleges require their students to friend, or add to their circles, members of the staff or the college coaches, on social networking sites. It is one of their requirements for students who wish to represent the college at any sport. Not only are students expected to maintain an active life on Facebook, but social media such as Twitter, Instagram, and others are also factors in receiving athletic scholarships. New recruits are viewed under the microscope, and any bad information found by recruiters against you can effectively crash your hopes of making it into your preferred college.
Why do colleges check students’ social media accounts? Colleges are always concerned about the students they choose. Scholarship student-athletes are expected to maintain a high level of discipline in all aspects of life. When they offer you a scholarship, it is the equivalent of investing in you. They can easily offer the same scholarship to someone else. If you are ahead of the rest, they want to ensure that you will be an asset to them, and not a social liability. They also want to make sure that you are worth the scholarship, and that you will not be subject to illegal or wrongful behavior.
Your past posts on Facebook or Twitter may not be the best definition of your personality, but recruiters will judge you for your actions. The frequency at which you use social media will also be considered by recruiters as they want to see how much time you spend networking. This gives them a brief idea as to whether you are also working hard on your academics and training, or if you are just an online buff. When using social networking sites, make sure you think twice before posting anything. Harmless as it might seem, it has the potential to disrupt your future.