Best Ways to Use Facebook as a College Student

By Danielle Wirsansky on March 1, 2017

We live in an internet age, where everything we want from knowledge to physical objects is just a few taps of a key away. Students especially are well plugged in, so you might as well get in on it!

There are so many social media platforms out there today to be a part of and it is important to utilize them to help you get ahead. According to Ebiz MBA as recently as February 2017, Facebook is by far the most popular and used social media platform out there. There are so many ways that Facebook can be used to help you get ahead, especially as a college student.

Read on to learn ways that you as a student can best use the Facebook platform!

Facebook Groups

Facebook is all about being social, making connections, and networking. So why not have a meeting of the minds with people interested in the same things as you? There are millions of Facebook groups out there that can be tailored to exactly what you might be interested in. You can connect with people in your area, with people from your school, with those interested in the same extracurricular activities, and more!

You can stay up to date with the latest trends in that field or area with conveniently placed threads from the group popping up through your newsfeed. If that is too much for you, you can change your notification settings or how the information from the group pops up in your everyday timeline. You can set it so that you only learn what is going on in the group if you decide to go directly to the group’s page. It is up to you.

Whatever you are looking for, though — to have a dialogue, to meet new people, to advertise yourself — Facebook groups can be a great way to do it. Do you have events you want to advertise? Why not join groups that are filled with people that are interested in those kinds of events and share it with them? It could be just what they are looking for too. Not sure what classes to take? Why not join a student group of your peers who have been grappling with the same decisions for advice? You never know who or what you might stumble upon to help you move forward.

Business Pages

If there is something you do or something you want to help advertise, it can be really beneficial to make a Facebook page for it! I am not talking about a page for memes or something, though — it needs to be something that can really help your career (unless creating a page for memes can somehow help you).

Do you have an organization that you want to help become more widely known? You can make it a business page, whether it is for a student organization you are a part of or a business that you work for or own. Creating a page does not cost money (unless you choose to pay for ads) and it creates a direct link between you and the audience you either have or want to have.

You can help it to branch out and connect with the people who are interested and want to support your work as well as getting the word out about what exactly it is that you are doing. If you want to market yourself, you can create a professional business page for yourself that keeps people in the loop about what you are doing professionally. That way you can avoid feeling like you are bragging on your personal page and can help create a distance between your professional and social lives.

Announcements & Milestones

You often have a great network of peers and friends at your disposal on Facebook. But is everyone aware of what you have been up to? Of course not! You cannot expect everyone in your Facebook network to know exactly what you are doing and what you plan to do. But without knowing that, how can they be involved or support you? Whether or not it feels like bragging, you can certainly let your friends on Facebook know when you have accomplished something or hit a milestone.

Just got a job that you are really excited about? Post about it. Just got awarded a grant for a research project? Share the details of what you are working on. Super passionate about a cause? Do not be afraid to share who you are, what you are doing, and what you stand for loud and proud. Or, if you do not feel comfortable making a post, you can create a milestone event. That way even in the future, you can track and look back at all the great accomplishments you made and when.

Danielle Wirsansky graduated from FSU with a BA in Theatre and a BA in Creative Writing with a minor in History. She is a second year graduate student in FSU's History department where she serves as the Communications Officer for the History Graduate Student Association and President of White Mouse Theatre Productions. She studied abroad in London, England for the Spring 2015 semester at FSU's study center for the Playwriting Program and interned for the English National Theatre of Israel in Summer of 2015. Her first musical, City of Light, opened as part of FSU's New Horizons Festival in Spring of 2016. She has also won the MRCE and URCAA Research grants from FSU. In the past, she served as the Marketing Director for the FSU Student Theatre Association, the intern for the Holocaust Education Resource Council, and the research assistant of Prof. Nathan Stoltzfus. She has previously written for Context Florida (Contributing Writer), USA Today College (Contributing Writer), Sheroes of History (Contributing Blogger), No(le)Reservations (Contributing Blogger), Female, Reloaded (Arts/Entertainment Editor) , I Want a Buzz Magazine (intern), Mandarin Newsline (youth arts update columnist), Distink Designs (Guest blogger), (associate editor), (associate editor), Spark TLH (Contributor), the Tallahassee Democrat (contributor), Elan Literary Magazine (Head of Marketing), and the Improviser Newspaper (Opinions Editor).

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