Can I Like or Comment on that?

Should we consider how social media is able to not only track but promote transitions and maintain networks?

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So maybe I didn't do this right the first time. Here goes shot #2!

Social Media. There is less than a 10% chance you are not connected to it somehow. With the various options people have such as Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Twitter, SnapChat, and various other platforms, social media has proven to be an irreplaceable concept of the current society. With the ease of how you can share news about getting engaged, having a child, getting into a college, a breakup with your significant other, and even more, social media has created and maintained networks that were not there before.

These systems of connectivity constantly change and have updates in order to really tailor each person's experience. They maintain some sort of control with the options you have available, but at the same time they allow each person to show some sort of creativity.

It would be great if we could create a new social media app or website that could keep everyone connected about college whereabouts. However, some of these apps already exist and there are numerous versions of a single program trying to reach a simple result. This leaves the question about how we can integrate the current social media platforms to better assist our students? How do these platforms keep their appeal to everyone? How can we make transitioning and getting personalized advice as easy as liking a photo?

Rather than recreating more wheels and options for students, maybe we should consider how best to utilize the current social media platforms we already have. Invest in creating options such as a way to like a photo and have a mentor connect with you via video chat, online messaging, or even set up an event at a local coffee shop. Create campaigns like the ads and suggested posts about current resources in the college the student attends or the surrounding area. There are unlimited possibilities, but we need to figure out how to get students to "Like" us and "Comment" on our work first.

[Optional] Synthesize a little! In one sentence, describe what you learned from your empathy exercises or analogous research. (Ex: Good advisors make a difference.)

There are numerous initiatives and solutions floating around already. How do we get everyone to become connected in order to increase efforts all around.


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