Going to college in the age of social media.

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My daughter starts college in a few short weeks. I’ve taught her social media over the past few years so she will be going off armed with Twitter and tools, Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare, Skype, her Tumblr page, a LinkedIn profile and an about.me page. She will be studying social media and information technology with the hope of using it as part of a broadcast journalism major.

I imagine I’ll be able to follow her thoughts and experiences all along the way on her Tumblr.

We’ll probably find a weekly time to Skype with each other.

I’m sure she’ll text me often in the beginning and less as she becomes more accustomed to life away from home.

And I’m positive she will continue to stalk my tweets to see what I’m up to and if I’m tweeting about her. The two of us have already had conversations with some of the professors at school on Twitter. I’ve even volunteered to guest teach a class which I’m sure will either make her proud or embarrass her to no end.

Her incoming freshman class has had a Facebook page up for months. I’ve talked to her roommate’s mom through texts and even an old-fashioned phone call.

My daughter keeps asking, “Will you miss me?” Armed with social media to leverage, I doubt she’ll give me a chance.

The only thing left to do is to get Grandma on Facebook so we can have three generations connected through social. Grandma has her iPad in hand and it’s only a matter of time.



8 Responses to “Going to college in the age of social media.”

  1. That’ s so great you and your daughter are up to speed on social media. It opens up a lot more ways to keep in touch. By the way, your daughter is beautiful!

    Bicultural Mama
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    • Thanks, Maria. Are you going to teach your social media skills to your kids?

      Holly Pavlika
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  2. Social media is a beautiful thing when it’s used for good. I wish my mom would have been more into social media when I was in college. She freaked out every time I was out of my room and I missed her phone calls. I’m thankful now that she’s getting better and even if we don’t talk on the phone everyday, she still knows what I’m up to via FB or Twitter or my blog!

    YUMMommy
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    • You said it, “when it’s used for good.” And you make sure your children know how to use it properly.

      Holly Pavlika
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  3. I could have written the same article, except my mom is already on Facebook. I don’t think I’ll have a chance to miss my daughter either. Thank you Social Media. We’re both pretty much plugged in.

    PBG
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    • I’m going to keep working on getting my mom on Facebook. I think she’ll love it when she finally does.

      Holly Pavlika
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  4. Amazing — talking to the professors already and linking up with her roommate’s mom. I love technology!!!

    She’s like a techno-assasin armed with social media know-how and looks to kill! Watch out, Bond!

    Jen :)

    Jen Burden @WorldMomsBlog
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    • Thanks, Jen. She has head start over the other kids in social, that’s for sure. And I bet I get calls asking me to help with homework. LOL!

      Holly Pavlika
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