College and social media: pride or boast?


Zeljko Kospic

Students are already receiving acceptance letters from various colleges.

With Early Action and Early Decision deadlines coming in fast, the majority of seniors are already anxious to receive their first college acceptance letters. But, a lucky few have already been accepted, whether it be because of rolling admissions or other earlier deadlines. Seniors are finding it hard to keep calm and composed about their educational futures, and the constant reminder that kids have already been accepted doesn’t help much.

It’s become a trend for seniors to post their acceptance letters on social media. Countless Facebook posts, Snapchat stories, and Finsta updates remind me that you “got into IU!” or that you’ve been accepted into the “Michigan State Class of 2021”. Having just submitted my applications, my anxiety is real. The select few that constantly post about their success doesn’t help.

I understand that many do it out of pride. That’s a completely valid reason, a reason that I’ll most likely cite once I’ve posted my college decisions. But, sometimes we can take it overboard. If your Snapchat story contains an acceptance letter once a week, it gets excessive.

“I think posting acceptance letters definitely shows your pride in your accomplishments during high school,” said Riley Burr, senior. “But sometimes it can be taken as bragging.”

Of course, we don’t intend to brag, but it’s simply human nature to showcase our pride. Psychology Today puts it simply. The reason we view these acts as boasting is because we can’t do the same. The likeliness that every senior posts their acceptance letter on some form of social media is undeniable. When we’re the one’s posting, it’s pride. But when we’re the ones seeing these posts, it’s bragging.

“I sent out all of my applications a couple of weeks ago and I still haven’t received anything yet,” said Emma Lindsey, senior. “It makes me feel bad that I haven’t gotten anything yet while others have.”

Seniors have voiced their opinions, and this boasting has indeed decreased as compared to earlier years. Many limit their social media priding to their Finstas, or a short snap story. But, of course there are the few that don’t follow the basic “don’t boast!” guidelines.

“I think that posting constantly about acceptance letters is kinda obnoxious,” said CJ Enright, senior. “I’ll most likely only post once I decide which school I go to.”

A lot of seniors, myself included, feel a little insecure about ourselves concerning college. Help your peers out by chilling on the whole “post my acceptance letter” ordeal. We congratulate you undoubtedly! But we’re also a bit stressed out.