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Students and parents I’ve worked with have always wondered how they were going to pay for college.  But as of late it’s noticeably an even greater concern, and a lot of students are thinking coming up with all sorts of ideas to make those tuition bills.  Some are taking a year off to work and save up extra cash, and others are utilizing the power of social networking to fundraise their way to college.

Rachel Harris, 17

Rachel Harris, 17

Case in point, high school senior Rachel Harris of Muskegon, Michigan was inspired by President Obama’s grass-roots campaign efforts and decided to put some of those ideas to raise money for her college tuition.  She started a website iwanttogotonotredame.com where you can check out her recommendation letters, college essay, transcripts, and, if you feel compelled, donate to her college tuition for Notre Dame.  Rachel and her website have already been featured on Fox News, in USA Today, as well as local media outlets.

Good luck, girl, and way to go after your dreams!

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Today I’m featured in an interview with Dan Schawbel, the author of the forthcoming Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success (Kaplan, April 09) and publisher of both the award winning Personal Branding Blog and Personal Branding Magazine. We spoke about how college admissions has changed in the midst of our tumultuous economy, what admissions officers are looking for in applicants, and how social networking factors into the admissions process. Check out the full interview here, and while you’re at have fun looking around Dan’s site.  If you’re just about to graduate from college or thinking about your future career path, he offers some great tips and advice for landing a great job in this tough economy.

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As the fall college application process gets underway, there’s one more thing you should add to your application checklist:

Clean up your social networking sites!

According to Kaplan’s recent survey of 320 top U. S. colleges, 1 out of 10 admissions officers looked at students’ social networking websites as part of their application review, and 38 percent of those surveyed said what they saw had a negative impact on their admission decisions.  And it’s not just college admissions officers browsing the web, would-be employers also admit to using social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace to gain insight into job seekers.

So, if you’re applying to college or a job in the near future, here are some tips to ensure your online impression is a good one:

Edit Your Pics–First off, make sure your profile picture doesn’t contain any offensive, illicit, or illegal behavior.  And while you’re at it, go through the rest of your pics and either delete or make private any other photos you wouldn’t want to show off in a job interview. It may seem obvious, but even that hilarious pic at last week’s party could give off a less than responsible image.

Stop Posting About Your College or Job Plans–You may be super excited to tell your friends that USC is your top choice school, but if a college admissions officer reads that on your page it may unwittingly bias their decision to admit you.  So keep the college and career talk limited to IM, chat, or a private message.

Maintain Your Privacy–Of course, the easiest way to make sure you keep tabs on who’s viewing your pages is to change your privacy settings so that your profiles are only visible to friends.  And then if an admissions officer or potential employer friends you, you’ll have the heads-up to either edit your profile or deny the request.

Have your social networking pages ever backfired for you?  What do you think about employers and college officials checking out your profiles?

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One of the most frustrating things about researching colleges is that with all those slick marketing materials, every school starts to sound the same: a totally awesome, super diverse place where all your dreams can come true.  If you’re tired of wading through all the college spin, now you can hear opinions and read reviews from current students at Unigo.

According to their website, “Unigo is the world’s largest platform for college students to share reviews, photos, videos, documents, and more with students on their campus and across the country. It’s also the best place for high school students to find out what life is really like at America’s colleges, and to make friends to help them find the school that’s right for them.”

So if you’re looking for the inside scoop on colleges, register here to check out the social network on Unigo, and let me know what you think and if you find the student perspectives helpful.

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